South Alabama vs. Southern Mississippi - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (3-3) at South Alabama Jaguars (4-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Mitchell Center)
The Line: South Alabama Jaguars -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some non-conference college basketball action on tap as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles take on the South Alabama Jaguars on Wednesday night.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses through their first 6 games of the year, including a 77-63 loss to Northern Colorado in their last outing. Cortez Edwards led the team with 20 points on 9 of 19 shooting with a team-high 6 rebounds and 3 steals, while Tyree Griffin came 2nd with 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting with 6 boards of his own in addition to 6 assists to round out the scoring for Southern Miss in the loss. D’Angelo Richardson also chipped in 4 points for the Golden Eagles in the losing effort. Griffin leads the Golden Eagles with an average of 16.5 points, 6 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 70.2 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 37.5% from behind the arc and 63.9% from the foul line this season.
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The South Alabama Jaguars will look to build some steam after a 55-52 win over New Orleans in their last outing. Rodrick Sikes led the team with 15 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 triples and Josh Ajayi added 13 points on 5 of 11 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds as the only two Jaguars to finish in double figures scoring in the win. Nick Davis added 4 points along with 7 rebounds of his own to go along with a team-high 4 assists and 4 steals in the winning effort for the Jags. Sikes leads the team in scoring with an average of 15.4 points per game while Ajayi leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game and Dederick Lee is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 2.3 assists per game this season. As a team, South Alabama is scoring 64 points per game on 41.6% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 64.9% from the foul line this season.
Southern Miss is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 non-conference games. South Alabama is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games against C-USA while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 home games. Southern Miss is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 trips to South Alabama.
South Alabama has had the higher level of consistency in terms of covering the spread this season, but I’d like to see them beat a team like New Orleans by more than 3 to instill some confidence. Although the Jaguars are 4-0 ATS this season, they’ve had more than their fair share of struggles covering against Conference USA, including Southern Miss who are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in the Jaguars’ backyard. If the Golden Eagles’ pattern continues, they’re primed for a win, so I’ll take a shot with Southern Miss and the points here.