CUSA foes will collide when the Marshall Thundering Herd (7-7, 1-0 CUSA) challenge the North Texas Mean Green (6-8, 0-1 CUSA) at the Henderson Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
North Texas Mean Green vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Odds Preview
In the Mean Green’s last matchup, they lost to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 93-84. With 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Javion Hamlet was North Texas’ high scorer. Western Kentucky did a great job of converting from the free throw line (25-34; 73.5 percent). North Texas, on the other hand, held the Hilltoppers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 10.7 (below their season average of 27.2).
The Thundering Herd hope to maintain momentum after blowing out the Rice Owls in their last matchup, 89-69. With 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting, Taevion Kinsey was the top scorer from either team. The Thundering Herd held the Owls to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below their season average of 25.6) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.650 (above their season average of 0.507).
It will be a showdown of opposite tempos as the fast-breaking Thundering Herd (ranked 13th in the country in possessions per game) will look to push the slower-paced Mean Green (331st in possessions per game). Also, the Mean Green rank 29th in effective field goal percentage (0.551), while the Thundering Herd rank 50th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.449).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after splitting two games last season. In the most recent matchup, the Thundering Herd won 85-82. The Thundering Herd played a nearly perfect game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.281 and a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.605. The Mean Green had marks of 0.210 and 0.556, respectively, for those same stats.
North Texas Mean Green at Marshall Thundering Herd Odds Prediction
Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Marshall, ATS Winner – Marshall, O/U – Under
The Mean Green rank 29th in assists allowed per game (10.2) while the Thundering Herd rank 45th (10.6).
North Texas averages 23.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 107th in the country. Marshall ranks 115th in three pointers allowed per game (21.4).
North Texas ranks second in rebounds allowed per game (27.2) while Marshall ranks 241st (39.4).
The Thundering Herd rank third in blocks per game (6.9) while the Mean Green rank 147th (2.6).
Marshall averages 9.7 steals per game, which ranks 13th in the country. North Texas ranks 151st in steals allowed per game (7.7).
The Thundering Herd’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.8, up from 5.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mean Green have scored an average of 81.2 points per game (11.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 66.8 points per game (3.2 above their season average).