Troy vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 11/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (0-1) at Troy Trojans (0-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Troy Trojans -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Troy Trojans and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Troy Trojans look for their first win of the season after losing to North Dakota on Friday. The Troy Trojans are averaging 80 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 83 points on 49.2 percent shooting. Wesley Person is averaging 25 points and two steals while Jordon Varnado is averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Baker is the third double-digit scorer and B.J. Miller is dishing three assists. The Troy Trojans are shooting 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent from the free throw line. The Troy Trojans are allowing 46.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Troy Trojans have won seven of their last nine neutral site games.
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The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions also look for their first win of the season after losing their opener to Hawaii. The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions are averaging 70 points on 36.8 percent shooting and allowing 82 points on 49 percent shooting. Martaveous McKnight is averaging 25 points and four rebounds while Joe'Randle Toliver is averaging 17 points and two rebounds. Trent Steen is grabbing three rebounds and Kennedy McKinney is dishing three assists. The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions are allowing 20 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions haven’t played a neutral site game since the 2015-16 season.
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It's no secret that Troy is the better team here, as the Trojans made the big dance last season and returned a good deal of the players that made it happen. However, I'm not about to act like the Trojans couldn't get stops against North Dakota and lost outright as seven-point favorites. The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions can't match the talent of Troy, but it is an experienced team and did cover quite easily against Hawaii in what was a true road game for the Golden Lions. So, if forced to pick this game, I'd take a shot with the points here.