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South Alabama vs. Georgia Southern - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia Southern Eagles (10-4) at South Alabama Jaguars (7-6)
Date & Time Sunday December 31, 2017, 4:05 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: South Alabama Jaguars +4.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
http://usajaguars.com/watch/?Archive=1721&type=Archive
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NCAA BB | Georgia Southern Eagles (10-4) at South Alabama Jaguars (7-6)
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The Georgia Southern Eagles and South Alabama Jaguars meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Mitchell Center.

The Georgia Southern Eagles look for a victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Georgia Southern Eagles are averaging 79.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Tookie Brown is averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 assists while Ike Smith is averaging 13 points and 4.3 rebounds. Mike Hughes is the third double-digit scorer and Jake Allsmiller is grabbing two rebounds. The Georgia Southern Eagles are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free throw line. The Georgia Southern Eagles are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.3 rebounds per game. The Georgia Southern Eagles have split their last six road games.

The South Alabama Jaguars look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The South Alabama Jaguars are averaging 67.1 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 65.2 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Rodrick Sikes is averaging 16.6 points and 2.6 rebounds while Josh Ajayi is averaging 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Jordan Andrews dishing 1.7 assists and Herb McGee is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The South Alabama Jaguars are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line. The South Alabama Jaguars are allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The South Alabama Jaguars have won their last four home games.

The Eagles are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Sun Belt. The Jaguars are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Eagles are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Georgia Southern Eagles are in better form and are probably the better basketball team overall between these clubs. However, South Alabama is a top-50 defensive team in the country and has been on the losing side of some time games. With a bounce here or there, the Jags would have a much better record. Also, the most important thing, the South Alabama Jaguars are 9-1 ATS this season. Those are the type of trends I love in this line of work. Give me the points.

Pick:
South Alabama Jaguars +4.5

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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