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Texas-Arlington vs. Troy - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Troy Trojans (7-8) at Texas-Arlington Mavericks (9-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:15 pm (College Park Center)

The Line: Texas-Arlington Mavericks -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Troy Trojans and UT-Arlington Mavericks meet Thursday in college basketball action at the College Park Center.

The Troy Trojans need a victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Troy Trojans are averaging 75.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 74.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Wesley Person is averaging 21.1 points and 1.9 assists while Jordon Varnado is averaging 18.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Alex Hicks is the third double-digit scorer and B.J. Miller is dishing 2.6 assists. The Troy Trojans are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Troy Trojans are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game. The Troy Trojans have lost four of their last five road games. 

Texas-Arlington vs. Troy - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UT-Arlington Mavericks need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The UT-Arlington Mavericks are averaging 77.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Kevin Hervey is averaging 21.7 points and 8.8 rebounds while Erick Neal is averaging 13.6 points and 8.4 assists. Johnny Hamilton is the third double-digit scorer and Kaelon Wilson is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The UT-Arlington Mavericks are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The UT-Arlington Mavericks are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The UT-Arlington Mavericks have won five of their last six home games.

The Trojans are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Thursday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Sun Belt and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Sun Belt, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss. The over is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 vs. Sun Belt and the under is 15-7 in Trojans last 22 overall.

Both clubs struggling right now, but the UT-Arlington Mavericks have played a tougher schedule, and when they play at home against same level teams, they usually take care of business. The Troy Trojans haven't had much success on the road and has games this season where they've been torched defensively. Texas-Arlington is the better team here and should be able to get the feel good victory, winning by double digits on their home court.

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