Planning on watching today’s Mountaineers and Jaguars game? Catch the action at Mitchell Center in Mobile, AL, as the Jaguars hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Mountaineers are favored in this Sun Belt conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 138.5 points.
APPALACHIAN STATE MOUNTAINEERS VS SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS BETTING PICK
The Pick: South Alabama Jaguars +3.5
This game will be played at Mitchell Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.
WHY BET THE SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Jaguars.
- Not only will South Alabama pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.
Can The Mountaineers Secure a Road Victory?
Appalachian State has a 10-3 overall record heading into today’s game. Looking at their performance in the previous ten road games, Appalachian State has a 5-5 record on the road, going back to last year. Prior to today’s game, Appalachian State holds a 7-5 ATS record. Over their last five games, the team is 2-2 vs. the spread.
Looking at their over/under performance through 13 games, Appalachian State has an over/under record of 6-6-0, with their games averaging 141.6 points per game on average. The Mountaineers’ last five games have finished with a combined 143 points per game and an over/under record of 2-2.
Compared to their season average of 78.6 points per game, Appalachian State struggled in their previous game. Against Louisiana-Monroe, the Mountaineers scored 67 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 41.7%. Donovan Gregory was the leading scorer for the Mountaineers, putting up 17 points. In addition, Tre’Von Spillers contributed 16 points.
At present, the Mountaineers’ defense is nationally ranked 25th, allowing 63.3 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.5 threes per game vs. South Alabama. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.6%.
Can the Jaguars Pull the Upset at Home?
South Alabama comes into this game with a record of 8-5 in their 14th game of the season. Looking back at their last ten home games, South Alabama has a record of 8-2, which takes into account games from last year. South Alabama has a solid ATS record of 7-3 heading into today’s game. In their last ten games, South Alabama has been 3-1 vs. the spread.
South Alabama comes in with an over/under record of 5-5-0 through 13 games, with their games averaging a combined 145 points per game so far. The Jaguars’ have recorded an over/under record of 1-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 144 points per game.
In their latest game, South Alabama offense put up 61 points against Old Dominion. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 39.7% and made 9 threes. The top scorer for the Jaguars was Isiah Gaiter with 16 points, while Tyrell Jones also chipped in with 12 points.
On defense, South Alabama is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 73.4 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, South Alabama’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.9% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 25.5% this season.