Troy Trojans vs. South Florida Bulls - 12/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Florida Bulls (3-2) at Troy Trojans (3-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Trojan Arena)
The Line: Troy Trojans -5 - Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
A pair of teams looking for their 4th win of the season do battle on Thursday night as the Troy Trojans play host to the South Florida Bulls.
The South Florida Bulls look for some consistent play after alternating wins and losses in their first 5 games this season, with their last outing resulting in a 71-69 victory over Kennesaw State. USF’s leading scorer Geno Thorpe made just 4 of 12 from the floor for 12 points and a game-high 7 assists. However it was Tulio Da Silva who led the Bulls with 17 points on 7 of 10 from the floor to go along with a team-high 7 rebounds before fouling out of the game. Troy Holston and Luis Santos scored 13 and 10 points respectively in the win. Geno Thorpe leads the Bulls with 15.2 points and 4.6 assists per game while Tulio Da Silva leads the team by averaging 8 boards per game. As a team, South Florida is scoring 69.6 points per game on 46.5% from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and just 61.9% from the foul line.
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The Troy Trojans look to build on the victory that snapped their previous 3-game losing streak. Troy defeated Hawaii by a final score of 65-63 behind leading scorer Jordon Varnado and Wesley Person Jr., who each scored a team-high 14 points. Varnado was the more efficient of the two, going 6 of 9 with a three to go along with 5 rebounds and a pair of steals while Person Jr. went 4 for 12 with a pair of threes and 4 for 4 from the foul line. DeVon Walker racked up just 5 points but pulled down a game-high 9 rebounds. Varnado leads the Trojans with 14.3 points and 7 rebounds per game while shooting 52.9% from the field. Kevin Baker is the team’s leading assist man, posting an average of 3 helpers per game. As a team, Troy is scoring 75.8 points on 43.8% from the floor, 31.7% from behind the arc and 68.5% from the foul line.
South Florida is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games following a win. Troy is 4-21-1 ATS in their last 26 homes games against a team with a losing road record and 5-19-2 ATS in their last 26 home games while the under is 17-4 in their last 21 games overall.
This is a coin flip in it’s finest form as the game could go either way, but considering that Troy is the hotter shooting team, I’ll back the Trojans here.