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Richmond vs. South Alabama - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Alabama Jaguars (2-5) at Richmond Spiders (4-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Robins Center)

The Line: Richmond Spiders -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The South Alabama Jaguars and Richmond Spiders play Thursday night at the Robins Center.

The South Alabama Jaguars are off to a tough start and play their fifth true road game. On the season, South Alabama is averaging 64.4 points on 38.5 percent shooting and is allowing 73.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Ken Williams is averaging 11.7 points and 2.6 assists while Taishaun Johnson is averaging 11 points and 3.9 rebounds. Dionte Ferguson is grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game and John Brown is shooting 38.2 percent from the field. The South Alabama Jaguars is a lengthy team that’s averaging close to 39 rebounds and more than three blocks per game. However, South Alabama is shooting just 62.6 percent from the free throw line and 30.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, South Alabama is forcing 11 turnovers and has allowed 146 points in its last two games.

Richmond vs. South Alabama - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Richmond Spiders have split their last four games and hope to remain unbeaten at home. On the season, Richmond is averaging 61.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and is allowing 57.9 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Kendall Anthony leads Richmond with 14.9 points on 48.9 percent shooting and Terry Allen is averaging 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. T.J. Cline is grabbing 3.9 rebounds and ShawnDre' Jones is shooting 33.8 percent from the field. The Richmond Spiders have really slowed things down offensively, averaging less than 49 shots per game and shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Richmond is forcing 11 turnovers per game and holding teams to 36.4 percent shooting from deep.

The Jaguars are 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spiders are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. 

I don't love the heavy chalk but Richmond has been a much better home team than on the road. Meanwhile, South Alabama is just awful and has shown little signs of turning things around. The Spiders should win this one in a blowout. 

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Richmond Spiders -14.5

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