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South Alabama vs. Arkansas-Little Rock - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arkansas-Little Rock at South Alabama
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Mitchell Center
Mobile, Alabama
The Line
The Line: South Alabama -3.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Little Rock Trojans and South Alabama Jaguars meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Mitchell Center.

The Little Rock Trojans look for a victory after losing five of their last six games. The Little Rock Trojans are averaging 77 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 77.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Rayjon Tucker is averaging 20.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while Markquis Nowell is averaging 12.9 points and 4.5 assists. Deondre Burns is the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Maric is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Little Rock Trojans are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 64.7 percent from the free throw line. The Little Rock Trojans are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. The Little Rock Trojans have lost six of their last seven road games.

The South Alabama Jaguars look for another win to build on their three-game winning streak. The South Alabama Jaguars are averaging 72 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 73.7 points on 46 percent shooting. Josh Ajayi is averaging 16.1 points and 1.5 assists while Trhae Mitchell is averaging 14.7 points and seven rebounds. Rodrick Sikes is the third double-digit scorer and Kory Holden is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The South Alabama Jaguars are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 63.5 percent from the free throw line. The South Alabama Jaguars are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.2 rebounds per game. The South Alabama Jaguars have won nine of their last 12 home games.

The Trojans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jaguars are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Sun Belt and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Trojans are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Trojans last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Jaguars last 5 overall.

The South Alabama Jaguars are playing some of their most consistent ball of the season right now and come into this contest shooting 50.5 percent from the field in their last five games. The problem is South Alabama has been shaky at best defensively all year and allowed 91 points to Little Rock in the meeting last month. The Little Rock Trojans scored 52 first half points in that game and shot 61.2 percent from the field. While it may be a bit harder to score this time around, the Trojans have the offensive firepower to put up big numbers once again. I'll take my free bucket with Little Rock.

Pick:
Arkansas-Little Rock +3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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