Old Dominion vs. Southern Mississippi - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (5-10) at Old Dominion Monarchs (10-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Ted Constant Center)
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -17 -- Over/Under: 118.5 See the Latest Odds
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will travel to the Ted Constant Convocation Center to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-10 (2-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the UTEP Miners, 73-65, this past Saturday. Southern Mississippi went into halftime with a 39-31 lead and held a two-possession lead throughout the 2nd half in the victory. Southern Mississippi was solid on the offensive end of the floor as the Golden Eagles shot 46.3% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Quinton Campbell who had a double-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. On the season, Southern Mississippi is averaging 61.8 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Southern Mississippi has been led by Quinton Campbell (12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Khari Price (10.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), Tim Rowe (9.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg), and Cortez Edwards (9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Southern Mississippi is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of -3.1.
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The Old Dominion Monarchs improved to 10-6 (3-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 79-67, this past Saturday. Old Dominion used a strong 2nd half in which they outscored the Hilltoppers by a 48-32 margin to get the comeback road victory. Old Dominion shot an impressive 50.9% from the field and outrebounded Western Kentucky by a 42-30 margin. Leading the way for the Monarchs was Zoran Talley who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block in 22 minutes from off the bench. On the season, Old Dominion is averaging 62.0 ppg on 37.9% shooting from the field. The Monarchs are averaging 5.1 three-pointers per game on 30.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Old Dominion has been led by Ahmad Caver (12.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Zoran Talley (11.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), Brandan Stith (10.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.3 apg), and B.J. Stith (9.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg). Defensively, Old Dominion is holding their opponents to an average of 59.1 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field. The Monarchs have a rebound margin of 5.8 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
The Golden Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games however, just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Monarchs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games.
Southern Mississippi lost 9 straight games before their recent 2-game winning streak and has really struggled on the offensive this season as the Golden Eagles rank just 340th in scoring offense and 314th in FG%. Old Dominion has won 5 of their last 7 games and has one of the best defenses in the country as the Monarchs rank 5th in the country in scoring defense and 31st in defensive FG%. Southern Mississippi just got back senior point-guard, Khari Price, who has played only in the Golden Eagles recent two wins, and as the Golden Eagles offensive has looked significantly better since his return, I think the Golden Eagles can do enough in this one to cover with the points. Take Southern Mississippi and the points.