Marshall at Louisiana Tech - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Marshall (17-15) at Louisiana Tech (22-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Ford Center at The Star)
The Line: Louisiana Tech -5 -- Over/Under: 146.5
The Marshall Thundering Herd (17-15, 10-8 CONF) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (22-8, 13-5 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 12th for the Conference-USA Conference Tournament Quarterfinal game. The game will be played at a neutral site location at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX. The game is scheduled for a 10:00 PM ET start time.
Marshall defeated UTEP, 86-78, in the 1st Round of the conference tournament on Wednesday. Marshall's offense outplayed expectations and that was the difference-maker in the victory. Louisiana Tech had a bye in the 1st Round of the tourney, as they ended their regular season with a 66-43 home win over Charlotte. Louisiana Tech lost the only game they played against Marshall, 83-79, earlier this season.
*** Stats for Marshall are from before their 1st Round game.
Marshall scores 75.6 points per game on 44.2 percent field goal shooting this season. Marshall's leading scorer is G Taevion Kinsey, who scores 16.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for Marshall is F Iran Bennett, who earns 5.4 rebounds per game. Marshall allows 72.9 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +2.7 scoring differential so far this season. Marshall also earns 38.6 rebounds, 14.1 assists, 5.9 blocks, and 8.2 steals per game as a team.
Louisiana Tech scores 74.5 points per game on 46.6 percent field goal shooting this season. Louisiana Tech's leading scorer is G DaQuan Bracey, who scores 12.9 points per game. The leading rebounder for Louisiana Tech is F Mubarak Muhammed, who earns 8.4 rebounds per game. Louisiana Tech allows 63.7 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +10.8 scoring differential so far this season. Louisiana Tech also earns 37.0 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 7.4 steals per game as a team.
Marshall is 17-14 against the spread this season and 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games. Marshall is also 2-0 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season. Louisiana Tech is 14-14 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Louisiana Tech is also 0-0 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season.
The line has not been released for this game yet, therefore I will make my final score prediction and update this article in the morning. I think Marshall plays the brand of basketball that will keep this game close. Louisiana Tech's defense has been fantastic this season, but remember that Marshall did crack it earlier this year. I think LA Tech will get the win, but it will be close. Louisiana Tech wins 76-74.
UPDATE: Obviously based on my final score, it will be close, but if I had to make a pick I would take Marshall and the points.