Southern Mississippi vs. Charlotte - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Mississippi vs. Charlotte - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte 49ers (12-8) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (6-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles +3.5 -- Over/Under: 131 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Charlotte 49ers will travel to Reed Green Coliseum to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Charlotte 49ers had their 2-game winning streak and dropped to 12-8 (6-3 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 72-59, this past Thursday. Charlotte struggled defensively agianst the Bulldogs and couldn’t fight back after Louisiana Tech took a 65-52 lead with 5:04 left in regulation. Charlotte shot 45.7% from the field, however, allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 56.3% from the field and 59.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the 49ers was Cooper Robb who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals.

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On the season, Charlotte is averaging 67.3 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The 49ers are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Charlotte has been led by Jordan Shepherd (14.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.0 apg), Jahmir Young (12.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg), and Drew Edwards (9.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Charlotte is holding their opponents to an average of 62.9 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The 49ers have a rebound margin of 1.0 and average 5.0 steals per game.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-16 (2-7 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Old Dominion Monarchs, 68-58, this past Thursday night. Southern Miss struggled offensively down the stretch agianst Old Dominion and couldn’t fight back after a 17-0 Monarchs run gave Old Dominion a 63-47 lead with 2:19 left in regulation. Southern Miss shot just 35.6% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Tyler Stevenson who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

On the season, Southern Miss is averaging 66.9 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 5.0 three-pointers per game on 30.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Miss has been led by Gabe Watson (13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Tyler Stevenson (12.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg), and LaDavius Draine (11.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Southern Miss is allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The 49ers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 Saturday games. The Golden Eagles are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Charlotte likes to keep the game at a slower pace and despite the fact that the 49ers don’t put up a ton of points as they rank just 283rd in scoring offense, the 49ers do come into this match-up ranked 64th in FG% and 36th in scoring defense.

Southern Miss has lost 7 of their last 9 games and have struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Golden Eagles currently rank just 290th in scoring offense & 276th in scoring defense.

It’s concerning that Charlotte comes into this game just 2-7 on the road this season, however their recent games agianst Louisiana Tech & Old Dominion have been competitive. Charlotte has cover ATS in 4 of their last 5 meetings against Southern Miss and as Charlotte is just the better team on both ends of the court, I think they cover this small road spread despite their struggles on the road this season. Take Charlotte to cover! Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Charlotte 49ers -3.5

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