North Texas vs. Marshall - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (18-8) at North Texas Mean Green (14-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm (The Super Pit)
The Line: North Texas Mean Green +1.5 -- Over/Under: 156.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some C-USA action on the hardwood as the Marshall Thundering Herd battle the North Texas Mean Green in a college basketball matchup on Saturday evening.
The Marshall Thundering Herd will look to build on their current 4 game winning streak following a 93-80 victory over Rice in their last outing. C.J. Burks led Marshall with 36 points on 13 of 19 shooting with 6 threes and a team-high 8 rebounds, while Jon Elmore added 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting with 5 threes, 7 rebounds and a share of the team-high with 6 assists and Ajdin Penava added 14 points with 7 rebounds and 4 blocks to round out the scoring in double figures for the Herd in the win. Jarrod West added 7 points while also adding 6 assists of his own in the winning effort for Marshall. Elmore leads Marshall with an average of 22.2 points and 7 assists per game while Penava leads the Thundering Herd on the glass with 9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marshall is scoring 85 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 76.3% from the foul line this season.
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The North Texas Mean Green will look to bounce back from consecutive defeats, including a 102-94 overtime loss to Western Kentucky in their last outing. Roosevelt Smart led the Mean Green with 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 6 threes, while Ryan Woolridge and A.J. Lawson added 17 points apiece, with Woolridge dishing out a team-high 7 assists, while Lawson led the team with 8 rebounds. DJ Draper added 4 triples as part of his 14 points while Zachary Simmons added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for North Texas in the loss. Smart leads North Texas in scoring with 19.4 points per game while Lawson is the Mean Green’s top rebounder with 5.7 rebounds per game and Woolridge is North Texas’ top assist man with 5.8 assists per game this season. As a team, North Texas is scoring 74.3 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 35.2% shooting from behind the arc and 65.6% from the foul line this season.
Marshall is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 conference matchups and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall while the over is 27-12 in their last 39 road games. North Texas is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 11-4 in their last 15 home games.
Marshall hasn’t been anything to write home about in terms of playing on the road this season, however, North Texas hasn’t been stellar at home in their own right and Marshall comes into this one playing the better basketball of the two so I think the best choice here is to lay the bucket with Marshall on the road.