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Texas-San Antonio vs. Southern Miss - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Miss Golden Eagles (5-7) at Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (6-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (UTSA Convocation Center)

The Line: Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and UTSA Roadrunners play Thursday night at the UTSA Convocation Center.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have lost four straight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Southern Miss is averaging 60.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 71.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Matt Bingaya is averaging 15.6 points and 5.7 rebounds while Chip Armelin is averaging 12.8 points and 3.4 rebounds. Norville Carey is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Rasham Suarez is dishing out 3.9 assists. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are a slow paced offensive team that’s still shooting a solid 65 percent from the free throw line and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Southern Miss is forcing 12.5 turnovers and has allowed 75 or more points in three of its last six games.

Texas-San Antonio vs. Southern Miss - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UTSA Roadrunners have split their first 12 games and play their first home contest in 2015. On the season, UTSA is averaging 70.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 74.4 points on 48 percent shooting. Jeromie Hill is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while Keon Lewis is averaging 14.8 points and 3.3 assists. Ryan Bowie is the third player averaging double-digit points and Kaj-Björn Sherman is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The UTSA Roadrunners are a downright brutal defensive team that’s allowing teams to shoot 41.8 percent from downtown and has allowed 74 or more points five times this season. Offensively, UTSA is shooting 69.3 percent from the free throw line and 32.2 percent from beyond the arc. UTSA is 3-3 SU on its home court.

The Golden Eagles are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Roadrunners are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. 

Both teams are at the bottom of the barell right now, but there's no way I'm laying chalk with one of the worst defensive teams in the country. Give me Southern Miss and the points here. 

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Southern Miss Golden Eagles +4.5

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