Southern Miss vs. North Texas - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Miss vs. North Texas - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

North Texas Mean Green (9-8) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (4-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +6.5 -- Over/Under: 134 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Texas Mean Green and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles meet in C-USA college basketball action from the Reed Green Coliseum on Thursday night.

The North Texas Mean Green will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after an 81-58 win over FAU last time out. Javion Hamlet led the Mean Green with 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting with a team-high 6 assists while James Reese added 16 points on 6 of 7 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds. Umoja Gibson added 12 points while Zachary Simmons added 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for North Texas in the winning effort. Gibson leads North Texas in scoring with an average of 14 points per game while Hamlet leads the Mean Green in assists with 4.4 assists per game and Deng Geu leads the Mean Green in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, North Texas is averaging 70.6 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 38.6% from behind the arc and 72.5% from the foul line this season.

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will be out to snap a four-game losing streak after an 80-70 loss to UTSA in their last outing. Artur Konontsuk led USM with 14 points while Boban Jacdonmi and Gabe Watson each had 13 points. Tyler Stevenson added 11 points with a team-high 9 rebounds to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for the Golden Eagles in the losing effort while Leonard Harper-Baker added 5 points with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Watson leads Southern Miss in scoring with an average of 13.5 points per game while Harpe-Baker leads the Golden Eagles in rebounding with 7.5 rebounds per game and Jay Malone leads Southern Miss in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Southern Miss is averaging 66.7 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 29.5% from behind the arc and 72.4% from the foul line this season.

North Texas is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 road games. Southern Miss is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss.

I considered points with Southern Miss here, but the issue is that the Golden Eagles just aren’t playing well right now losing 4 straight and 8 of their last 10. North Texas is getting it done on both ends of the floor right now and have been killing the number lately, going 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games and I think the Mean Green add another notch to that mark with a win and cover on the road here.

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Chris’s Pick North Texas -6.5

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