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Southern Miss vs. UTSA - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTSA at Southern Miss
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Reed Green Coliseum
Hattiesburg, MS
The Line
Southern Miss Golden Eagles -4.5 -- O/U: 143
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The UTSA Roadrunners and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles meet in C-USA college basketball action from the Reed Green Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The UTSA Roadrunners will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 81-76 overtime win over Western Kentucky in their last outing. Jhivvan Jackson led the Roadrunners with 29 points on 8 of 22 shooting with 4 threes, a 9 of 10 mark from the foul line and a team-high 8 rebounds. Giovanni De Nicolao came 2nd with 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 4 assists with a pair of steals while Keaton Wallace chipped in 13 points with 3 triples and 4 assists of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for UTSA in the win. Byron Frohnen added 7 points to match his 7 rebounds as well in the victory for the Roadrunners. Jackson leads UTSA in scoring with 23 points per game while Frohnen leads the Roadrunners in rebounding with 7 rebounds per game and De Nicolao leads UTSA in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, UTSA is averaging 78.6 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 74.2% from the foul line this season.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will look to build on a 59-52 win over Old Dominion in their last outing. LaDavius Draine led the Golden Eagles with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 4 threes while Tyree Griffin added 16 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and Cortez Edwards added 11 points with 4 steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for USM in the win. Leonard Harper-Baker added 6 points with a game-high 15 rebounds as well in the victory for the Golden Eagles. Edwards leads Southern Miss in scoring with 13.9 points per game while Harper-Baker leads the Golden Eagles in rebounding with 8.3 rebounds per game and Griffin leads Southern Miss in assists with 7 assists per game this season. As a team, Southern Miss is averaging 72.5 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, 37.8% from behind the arc and 64.7% from the foul line this season.

UTSA is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games overall while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games following a win. Southern Miss is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. UTSA is 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at Southern Miss.

The points with UTSA are tempting considering that the Roadrunners have been a covering machine for most of the season. However, the Roadrunners also haven’t had any success in this venue over the years, failing to cover in any of their last 6 trips to Southern Miss. Of those 6 games, the Roadrunners are 0-6 SU, and 4 of those games were decided by 10 or more points. UTSA could ruffle some feathers in the conference tournament, but sometimes a team just has your number on their home floor, so I’ll lay the points with Southern Miss here to build on their solid win over Old Dominion.

Southern Miss -4.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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