It will be a battle between CUSA opponents when the UTSA Roadrunners (15-12, 8-6 CUSA) welcome the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (13-15, 6-9 CUSA) to UTSA Convocation Center. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 22, 2018.
The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 152 points with UTSA set as a 5.5-point favorite.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. UTSA Roadrunners Betting Prediction
In the Golden Eagles’ last game, they were blown out by the UAB Blazers, 87-69. Making free throws was one of UAB’s largest strengths. They were 18-21 (85.7 percent), while the Golden Eagles were just 9-13 (69.2 percent). Cortez Edwards led Southern Miss in scoring with 19 points on 6-for-16 shooting.
The Roadrunners beat the Charlotte 49ers in their last matchup, 97-89. UTSA was lights out from beyond the arc (13-25; 52.0 percent). Charlotte, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.9 (above their season average of 25.8). Jhivvan Jackson was the top scorer from either team with 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting.
This contest should be a showdown of conflicting paces. UTSA has preferred to play fast (17th in possessions per game), while Southern Miss has been more methodical (284th in possessions per game). The Golden Eagles should be expected to protect the ball well. They rank 2nd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.2 percent), while the Roadrunners force the 64th-fewest turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 17.0 percent).
Southern Miss comes into the contest with records of 13-15 straight up (SU) and 12-11 against the spread (ATS). Of the Golden Eagles’ 23 games with betting action, 15 have finished over the total.
Meanwhile, UTSA owns records of 15-12 SU and 12-9 ATS. Contrary to Southern Miss, Roadrunners games have a slight tendency to finish under the O/U total (52.4 percent).
This is the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, Edwards put up 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden Eagles defeated the Roadrunners 93-83, covering as 1-point favorites. The game finished with a total of 176 points, which was 25 points above the projected point total of 151 points. Southern Miss did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (29-35; 82.9 percent). UTSA, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (21.1 vs. 18.9).
Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. UTSA Roadrunners Odds Pick
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Southern Miss, ATS Winner – Southern Miss, O/U – Under
On the road, Southern Miss is 5-9 ATS with 9 overs and 5 unders.
UTSA is 3-4 ATS at home with 6 unders and 1 over.
UTSA ranks 12th in rebounds per game (40.3) while Southern Miss ranks 284th (30.3).
The Roadrunners average 28.3 three pointers per game, which ranks 11th in the NCAA. The Golden Eagles rank 252nd in three pointers allowed per game (24.9).
Southern Miss ranks 29th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while UTSA ranks 126th (3.6).
The Roadrunners rank 122nd in assists per game (14.1) while the Golden Eagles rank 205th in assists allowed per game (14.5).
Southern Miss is third in the NCAA with 4.1 steals allowed per game while UTSA is 30th with 5.1 steals allowed per game.
In their last five games, Southern Miss is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
UTSA is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games.
The Golden Eagles’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 0.8, up from 0.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 75.4 points per game (4.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.6 points per game (0.9 above their season average).
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