North Alabama vs Stetson Hatters College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/8/21

North Alabama vs Stetson Hatters College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/8/21 Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Stetson Hatters (2-4) at North Alabama Lions (4-2)

College Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Flowers Hall)

The Line: North Alabama Lions -2.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Stetson Hatters and the North Alabama Lions meet in college basketball action from Flowers Hall on Friday night.

The Stetson Hatters come into this one looking for a road win to add to their 2-4 mark on the year after picking up a 95-51 win over Carver Bible College last time out. Rob Perry leads Stetson in scoring with 14.2 PPG while also owning 3.2 APG this season. Chase Johnston is 2nd in scoring with 13.5 PPG, hooting 42.9% from 3-point range and Mahamadou Diawara has 10 PPG with a team-high 6.8 RPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Stetson heading into Friday’s matchup. As a team, Stetson is averaging 66 PPG on 40.1% shooting from the field, 34.9% from 3-point range and 63.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.8 PPG on 41.8% shooting from the field and 34.5% from 3-point range this season.

The North Alabama Lions will look to add to their 4-2 record on the year after an 82-56 win over Freed-Hardeman last time out. Mervin James leads the Lions in scoring with 16.6 PPG to go along with his 8 RPG this season while Emanuel Littles is 2nd on the Lions in scoring and tops in rebounding with 12.4 PPG and 12.4 RPG for a double-double per game. Jamari Blackmon and C.J. Brim each have 11+ PPG with Brim leading the Lions with 3 APG and Payton Youngblood has 10.7 PPG to cap off the double-digit scorers for North Alabama coming into Friday’s game. As a team, North Alabama is averaging 82.5 PPG on 43.9% shooting from the field, 31.1% from 3-point range and 66.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 61.7 PPG on 36.7% shooting from the field and 28.9% from the 3-point line this season.

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Stetson is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. North Alabama is 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.

I’ve gone back and forth on this game, but I think this is a prime example of looks being deceiving. North Alabama is 4-2, 4-1 at home, but all four of those wins came against non D-I opponents while Stetson lost to a subdivision opponent, but they also have played Miami, Florida and USF while owning a win over FAU. I just think that the harder schedule will benefit Stetson here and I’ll take the Hatters in a game they probably win outright.

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Chris’s Pick Stetson +2.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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