Marshall at Louisiana Tech - 12/30/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Marshall at Louisiana Tech - 12/30/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana Tech (9-3) vs Marshall (7-6)

Game Info: Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)

Betting Odds: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -7.5 -- Over/Under: 155 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The University of Marshall Thundering Herd and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, Louisiana. The Marshall Thundering Herd will arrive in Ruston, Louisiana on the heels of a three-game losing streak. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have won five of the team’s last six games.     

The Marshall Thundering Herd are averaging 78.38 points a game on 44.51 percent shooting. On the defensive side of the basketball, the Thundering Herd are allowing 75.23 points a contest on 42.77 percent shooting. Marshall guard Taevlon Kinsey is averaging 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists a game. Thundering Herd forward Obinna Anochili-Killen is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds a contest. Marshall guard Andrew Taylor is averaging 12.9 points, 6 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. The Marshall Thundering Herd are shooting 28.10 percent from behind the three-point line and shooting 69.48 percent from the charity stripe. Through 13 games played this season, the Thundering Herd are allowing opposing teams to hit 33.80 percent of three-point shots attempted.

The University of Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are averaging 80.67 points a game on 47.14 percent shooting. Defensively, the Bulldogs are allowing 70.50 points a contest on 41.96 percent shooting. Through 12 games played this season, Louisiana Tech forward Kenneth Lofton Jr. is averaging 18.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists a game. Bulldogs guard Amorie Archibald is averaging 13.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are shooting 32.34 percent from behind the arc and 73.86 percent from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs are allowing opposing teams to shoot 32.06 percent from three-point range. Additionally, Louisiana Tech’s opponents are shooting 72.63 percent from the free-throw line.  

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The Marshall Thundering Herd are 4-14 ATS in the team’s last 18 games played. The game total has gone under in 5 of the last 6 games that Marshall has played. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games played.   

I noted earlier in this article that the Marshall Thundering Herd have lost three consecutive basketball games. In the Thundering Herd's last game, a 95-63 loss to the Toledo Rockets, Marshall shot an abysmal 32.1 percent from the field. In direct contrast to Marshall, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have been playing outstanding basketball. In the Bulldogs last game, a 99-56 win over Crowley's Ride College, Louisiana Tech shot an impressive 57.1 percent from the field. For me, it is clear that the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are currently the better team in this matchup. I am backing the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to win and cover the 7.5 points.

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Hans’s Pick Louisiana Tech -7.5

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