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Old Dominion Monarchs vs. North Texas Mean Green - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Texas Mean Green (7-9) at Old Dominion Monarchs (14-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Ted Constant Center)

The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The North Texas Mean Green will travel to the Ted Constant Convocation Center to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs this Saturday night.

The North Texas Mean Green dropped to 7-9 (1-3 C-USA) on the season after being defeated 73-57 by the Charlotte 49ers this past Thursday. North Texas struggled offensively as they only shot 30.6% from the field and 20.0% (4-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mean Green was Jordan Williams who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. North Texas is currently ranked 279th in the RPI Standings and has played the 240th ranked SOS. On the season, the Mean Green have been led by Jordan Williams (14.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg) and Jeremy Combs (9.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, North Texas is currently averaging 64.4 ppg (ranked 255th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 194th). The Mean Green is averaging just 4.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 320th) on 29.1% three-point shooting (ranked 316th). Defensively, North Texas is allowing 67.8 ppg (ranked 214th) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 80th). The Mean Green is averaging 7.7 spg (ranked 58th). North Texas is grabbing an average of 25.81 defensive rpg (ranked 72nd) and 36.0 total rpg (ranked 125th).

Old Dominion Monarchs vs. North Texas Mean Green - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Old Dominion Monarchs improved to 14-2 (3-1 C-USA) after defeating the Rice Owls 63-53 this past Thursday. Old Dominion shot 47.6% from the field and 54.5% (6-11) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Monarchs was Aaron Bacote who had 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Old Dominion is currently ranked 37th in the RPI Standings and has played the 148th ranked SOS. On the season, the Monarchs have been led by Trey Freeman (15.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.3 spg) and Aaron Bacote (10.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg). Offensively, Old Dominion is averaging 66.4 ppg (ranked 202nd) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 201st). The Monarchs are only committing an average of 11.8 turnovers per game (ranked 69th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13 (ranked 93rd). Defensively, Old Dominion is holding their opponents to an average of 55.8 ppg (ranked 11th) on 38.6% shooting (ranked 36th). The Monarchs defend the three-pointer well as they are holding teams to just 29.3% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 34th). Old Dominion is currently grabbing 37.94 total rpg (ranked 59th) and has a rebound margin of 7.7 (ranked 21st).

The Mean Green Eagle are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss. The Monarchs are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 home games and 9-3 ATS in their 12 games following a ATS loss.

Although Old Dominion wasn’t very impressive in their recent victory against Rice, I just don’t see where the Mean Green will find the offensive needed in this game to hang around with Old Dominion. I think Aaron Bacote and Trey Freeman will have big games in this one and that Old Dominion covers this large spread.

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