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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Miss Golden Eagles (9-19) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (23-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)

The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The CUSA champion Louisiana Tech Bulldogs close out the regular season with a visit from the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles haven’t had much to cheer about this season with an offense that scores 60 points shouldering most of the blame. The Golden Eagles won their second in a row when they downed Texas El Paso 63-60 behind a comeback from a 15 point first half deficit. Both teams sank shots in the 40%-41% range with the boxscore virtually dead even with the Golden Eagles sinking a few more free throws for the final margin. Norville Carey and Shadell Millinghaus each scored 17 points and combined for eleven rebounds while Chip Armelin netted 16 points. Four others scored 13 points in what might have been the best game Southern Miss has played.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have won the CUSA crown because they can both score and defend and have done both consistently. The Bulldogs have been as fearsome as ever with wins in eight of ten following a 76-66 victory against visiting Texas-San Antonio on Saturday.  The Roadrunners were held to 42.6% shooting while La Tech connected at 46% which added up to three more buckets that combined with an 11-6 edge at the stripe to produce a DD win. Erik McCree paced the attack with 16 points and seven boards on 5-13 from the floor with Alex Hamilton next in line with 15 points on 6-9 from the floor. Raheem Appleby and Kenneth Smith followed with 12 points apiece with Smith handing out seven assists while Michale Kyser added ten points, nine rebounds and nine blocks.

The Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and  3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win.

Southern Miss are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. La Tech are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and  2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Louisiana Tech has zero to play for so do they plaster a bad team or show mercy? No idea really…

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Southern Miss +19.5 // I dare you

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