Charlotte vs. Marshall - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (11-5) at Charlotte 49ers (5-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Dale F. Halton Arena)
The Line: Charlotte 49ers +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some C-USA college basketball action on the schedule Thursday night, as the Marshall Thundering Herd take on the Charlotte 49ers.
The Marshall Thundering Herd come into this one looking to rebound after their first conference loss of the season in a 112-87 loss to Western Kentucky last time out. Jarrod West led the team with 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting from behind the arc with 5 assists and 3 steals, while C.J. Burks came right behind in 2nd with 19 points and a share of the team-lead with 8 assists. Jon Elmore and Jannson Williams rounded out the quartet of Marshall players to score in double figures as each had 18 points, with Elmore adding 8 assists of his own, while Williams went 7 of 10 from the floor with 4 threes and a team-high 6 rebounds. Ajdin Penava added 5 blocks in just 4 minutes on the floor before leaving with an ankle injury. Elmore leads Marshall with an average of 23.2 points and 7.5 assists per game, while Penava is the team’s leading rebounder with 9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marshall is scoring 88.1 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the arc and 75.3% from the foul line this season.
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The Charlotte 49ers will look for a confidence booster after losing 7 of their last 9 games following a 73-64 setback at the hands of Rice in their last outing. Andrien White led the team with 18 points on 7 of 21 shooting with 3 assists and 3 steals, while Najee Garvin added 10 points as the only other 49er to score in double figures in the losing effort. Milos Spice added a team-high 8 rebounds, while Jalian Haslem added 9 points and 7 boards and Jon Davis dished out a team-high 4 assists in the loss. White leads the team with an average of 14.4 points and 5 rebounds per game, while Davis leads the team in the assist department with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Charlotte is scoring 71.6 points per game on 43.5% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 67.4% from the foul line this season.
Marshall is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference matchups while the over is 22-5 in their last 27 games following a loss. Charlotte is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’d like to take points with the home team in Charlotte but the problem is that the 49ers haven’t had any success ATS at home this season, a place where I always say is where you’re supposed to do your best work. Marshall is heads and shoulders the better team here and the line is low enough that I think the Herd are a solid play on Thursday.