South Florida vs. Troy - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Florida Bulls (0-0) vs. Troy Trojans (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm (USF Sun Dome)
The Line: South Florida -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Troy Trojans and South Florida Bulls open their season Friday night at the USF Sun Dome.
The Troy Trojans enter their third season with Phil Cunningham and haven’t won more than 12 games the last five years. Wesley Person will lead Troy after averaging 14.2 points and 2.8 rebounds while John Walton III averaged 8.4 points and 5.7 rebounds. Kelton Ford dished 2.3 assists and Aaron Ariri grabbed 2.9 rebounds. The Troy Trojans lost a ton of talent, including two of their top three scorers in Musa Abdul-Aleem and Kevin Thomas. The good news for Troy is that Person is one of the top players in the Sun Belt and Jeremy Hollimon is a JUCO transfer who is capable of filling it up. With some top heavy firepower, Troy could have its best season yet under coach Cunningham.
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The South Florida Bulls enter their second season under coach Orlando Antigua after winning just nine games last year. Chris Perry will lead USF after averaging 10.8 points and 7.1 rebounds while Nehemias Morillo averaged 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Troy Holston Jr shot 31 percent from deep and Bo Zeigler grabbed 4.5 rebounds. The South Florida Bulls return two double-digit scorers and want to be a fast-paced team that pushes the tempo at both ends of the court. Still, USF is a young team that struggled to find its rhythm offensively all season. South Florida opens the season with five straight home games, so there’s a chance for a strong start.
The Trojans are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
South Florida is a team that should improve based on last years numbers, but Troy is a team that's ready for that next step right now. Person and Hollimon will probably be the top two players on the floor in this game. I think the Trojans have a shot to win outright, which is why I'm taking the points.