South Alabama vs. Arkansas-Little Rock - 1/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (14-7) at South Alabama Jaguars (12-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Mitchell Center)
The Line: South Alabama Jaguars -3 -- Over/Under: 133 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Little Rock Trojans will travel to the Mitchell Center to take on the South Alabama Jaguars this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Little Rock Trojans won their 3rd straight game and improved to 14-7 (8-2 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans, 81-63, this past Wednesday. Little Rock went into halftime with a 37-34 lead and after had no trouble pulling away for the victory in the 2nd half after the Trojans took a 67-53 lead with 7:03 left in regulation. Little Rock shot 49.2% from the field while holding Troy to just 33.3% shooting from the field and 26.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Trojans was Ty Gordon who had 15 points, 1 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Little Rock is averaging 69.8 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Little Rock has been led by Markquis Nowell (17.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.2 spg), Ruot Monyyong (11.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.0 bpg), and Ben Coupet Jr. (11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Little Rock is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of -2.2.
The South Alabama Jaguars dropped to 12-9 (5-5 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 75-71, this past Thursday night. South Alabama fought back from a 60-48 deficit with just 8:07 left to make it a game late, however, the offensive struggled down the stretch and the Jaguars couldn’t pull off the come from behind victory. South Alabama shot 50.0% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Josh Ajayi who had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals.
On the season, South Alabama is averaging 71.4 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Jaguars are averaging 5.1 three-pointers per game on 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Alabama has been led by Josh Ajayi (15.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Chad Lott (13.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 spg), and Trhae Mitchell (9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg).
Defensively, South Alabama is allowing their opponents to average 67.9 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Jaguars have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Trojans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win.
Little Rock comes into this game ranked 53rd in FG%, T-92nd in scoring defense, and 377th in defensive FG%.
The Jaguars have been decent on both ends of the court this season as they come into this game ranked 50th in FG%, 147th in scoring defense, and 68th in turnover margin.
Little Rock has won 8 of their last 11 games however, the Trojans had little success against South Alabama earlier this season in a 52-43 loss. South Alabama has been impressive at home this season, which included a near upset of Auburn earlier this season, and as I think their defense will once agianst give Little Rock trouble, I’m taking South Alabama to cover this home spread. Good Luck!