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Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Drexel Dragons Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/3/14

Drexel Dragons (8-4) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (12-2)

College Basketball: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The 8-4 Drexel Dragons visit the 12-2 Southern Miss Golden Eagles in a non-conference showdown Friday at 8PM.

The Dragons sit at 4-3 on the road this young season and are coming off a crushing, unexpected 55-52 home loss to Buffalo. The Dragons let a 4 point halftime lead slip away as they struggled to just 19-58 from the floor.  From the three point line, Drexel managed to make just 1-14 with swingman Chris Fouch going 0-8.  Three Drexel players combined for 37 of their 52 points and the Drexel bench managed to contribute just 3 points total.  Dartaye Ruffin added 12 boards for Drexel -- the forward is averaging near 9 per game -- good for one of the top marks in the CAA.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Drexel Dragons Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/3/14

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Southern Miss is off to a red hot start this season and moved to 12-2 and are fresh off a solid road win at Rhode Island this past weekend 77-64.  The Golden Eagles traded baskets with the Rams for a half before a run mid-way through the second half allowed them to pull away for good.  Michael Craig had a strong game on the wing pulling down 14 points and 11 boards and Neil Watson added 14 as well.  Off the bench, Southern Miss got solid contribution from Daveon Boardingham who had 8 points and 8 rebounds and provided a solid defensive presence. The Golden Eagles also dominated on the glass with the 37-22 edge.

Some trends to consider -- Drexel is 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 road games and Southern Miss is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 after an ATS win.

Drexel was downright awful in their last game, shooting the ball at a poor clip and struggling on the glass.  I expect Southern Miss to provide a lot of problems upfront and on the defensive end for the Dragons and ultimately to wear them down with their physical play and defense.  The Golden Eagles roll to 8-0 with the cover at home.


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