Southern Mississippi vs. UTSA - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UTSA Roadrunners (9-7) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (8-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)
The Line: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles +1 -- Over/Under: 151 See the Latest Odds
The UT-San Antonio Roadrunners will travel to Reed Green Coliseum to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The UT-San Antonio Roadrunners improved to 9-7 (2-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 78-76, this past Thursday. UT-San Antonio fought back a 58-49 deficit midway through the 2nd half and was able to secure the upset road victory after the Roadrunners Giovanni De Nicolao made a game-winning layup with just :01 second left in regulation. UT-San Antonio shot 46.3% from the field and outrebounded the Bulldogs by a 44-34 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Roadrunners was Jhivvan Jackson who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, UT-San Antonio is averaging 85.1 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Roadrunners are averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UT-San Antonio has been led by Jhivvan Jackson (17.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Keaton Wallace (13.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Nick Allen (10.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Giovanni De Nicolao (8.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg). Defensively, UT-San Antonio is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Roadrunners have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles snapped a 4-game losing streak and improved to 8-8 (1-2 C-USA) on the season after defeating the UTEP Miners, 85-75, this past Thursday. Southern Mississippi was outstanding on the offensive end throughout the game and pulled away after taking a 61-38 lead with 11:29 left in regulation. Southern Mississippi shot 60.3% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 17-9 margin. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Dominic Magee who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, Southern Mississippi is averaging 71.7 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Mississippi has been led by Cortez Edwards (16.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.3 spg), Tyree Griffin (14.8 ppg, 5.8 apg, 1.8 spg), Dominic Magee (10.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Kevin Holland (7.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Southern Mississippi is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of -4.1 and a turnover margin of 5.9.
The Roadrunners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
UT-San Antonio picked up a huge conference win on the raod against a good Louisiana Tech team and has been led by their offense this season that ranks 24thin scoring offense and 21st in three-pointers made per game. Southern Mississippi got a much-needed win at home against UTEP and has been led by their defense this season that ranks 137th in scoring defense and 6th in turnover margin. UT-San Antonio is a good team, however, Southern Mississippi is 6-0 at home this season and as I think the Golden Eagles offense will have success against the Roadrunners 279th ranked scoring defense, I’m taking Southern Mississippi and the point at home.