Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Jaguars versus the Thundering Herd? Tip off is at at 4:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, WV. The odds for this Sun Belt conference game currently have the Thundering Herd as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 151 points.

SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS VS MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD BETTING PICK

The Pick: Marshall Thundering Herd -5.5

This game will be played at Cam Henderson Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.

WHY BET THE MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-66 in favor of the Thundering Herd.
  • Not only will Marshall pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will the Jaguars Defense Show Up in Huntington?

South Alabama enters this game with an overall record of 8-8, including a 1-3 mark in Sun Belt play. The Jaguars have lost three straight games, and their road record this season is 3-4.

As the underdog, South Alabama is 2-5 this season, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 road games. Their scoring differential on the road this year is -12.0 points per game.

As the underdog, South Alabama has gone 3-4 vs. the spread this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-3 and over their last 10 road games, they are 6-4 vs. the spread. As the underdog, their ATS record is 5-5 in their last 10 games.

South Alabama’s over/under record for the season is 7-6 and the average scoring total in their games is 148.8 points. Today’s over/under line of 151 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (141.5). So far, 11 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 151. In their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 161 points.

In contrast to their season average of 73.1 points per game, the South Alabama had a below average performance. They scored 55 points against James Madison and had a field goal percentage of 36.8%. The team’s top scorer is Isiah Gaiter, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 16.4, while Tyrell Jones also carries a PPG average of 11.2 into the game.

Coming into today’s game, the South Alabama defense is giving up an average of 76.5 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Marshall, the South Alabama defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, South Alabama made 16 free-throws vs. the Jaguars.

Can Marshall Grab a Win at Home?

Marshall has been a much better team at home this season, going 4-3 compared to 4-5 on the road. They have won two straight at home and are 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

So far this season, Marshall has been favored in nine of their 17 games, going 5-4 in those contests. They come into this game on a four-game win streak, including a 79-74 win over Georgia Southern in their most recent outing.

Marshall’s ATS record this season is currently 8-8. At home, they are 3-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Thundering Herd have gone 4-6 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 151 is lower than the average over/under line in Marshall’s games this season (154.2). So far, the over/under record in their games is 4-12. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points, which is lower than the average over/under line for the season (154.2).

In their most recent game, the Thundering Herd’s offense tallied 79 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 76.2 points per game. Offensively, the Thundering Herd have a season long field goal percentage of 41%, which is 341st in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 314th in percentage and 184th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Thundering Herd’s defense is positioned 256th in the country, permitting 75.8 points per game. Marshall will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Georgia Southern to just 38% shooting in their most recent game.