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Conference U.S.A. College basketball action on Saturday afternoon and we will see the Marshall Thundering Herd grapple with the Charlotte 49ers at Halton Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Thundering Herd began their conference slate with a 70-67 road win over Old Dominion, while the 49ers are 0-1 in league play after losing at home to Western Kentucky by a score of 68-50.
Marshall Bounces Back From Loss To Virginia
The Virginia Cavaliers are not a team that will hang 100 on you very often, but they did just that against Marshall a couple of games ago in a 100-64 win. This is one of the worst defensive teams in the nations and they showed why in the loss to the Cavaliers. Marshall did bounce back from that bad loss as they beat Old Dominion on the road by a score of 70-67 in their latest game. They held the Monarchs to just 44.8 shooting from the field overall, after allowing the Wahoos to knock down 53.2% of their shots from the field overall, including 44.4% of their shots from long range. They are hoping the defense that played ODU shows up for this one. On offense, they hit 52.7% of their shots from the field overall, including 36% from long range. Leading their attack was Jon Elmore (19.1 ppg), who had 20, while Taevion Kinsey (6.9 ppg) was 2nd with 13 and Jarrod West (6.4 ppg) was 3rd with 12.
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The Thundering Herd enters this game ranked 64th in the nation in scoring at 79.9 ppg, while also ranking 196th in shooting (44.5%), 186th in three-point shooting (34.2%) and 255th in free throw shooting (67.3%). On defense, they are 333rd in points allowed, giving up 80.6 ppg, while also ranking 299th in defensive FG% (46.3%) and 280th in three-point defense (36.3%).
Another Pitiful Offensive Showing
The Charlotte 49ers are off to a 3-9 start to the year and their struggles game be attributed to having one of the worst offenses in the nation. That offense had another pitiful showing in their last game as they fell at home to Western Kentucky by a score of 68-50. It was the 7th time in their last nine games that they have been held to 57 points or less. That is just pathetic in this day and age of college basketball. The 49ers shot just 35.4% from the field overall, including 30.8% (8/26) from long range in the loss. Leading their attack (if you can call it that) was Jon Davis (20.1 ppg), who had 24, while Dravon Mangum (6.4 ppg) was 2nd with 12. The defense has played well, for the most part, this year, but the Hilltoppers were able to hit 50% of their shots from the field overall, including 42.9% of their shots from long range.
— Charlotte Men’s Basketball (@CharlotteMBB) January 4, 2019
The 49ers enter this game ranked 350th in the nation in scoring at 57.3 ppg, while also ranking 335th in shooting (39.7%), 345th in three-point shooting (27.2%) and 16th in free throw shooting (76.8%). On defense, they are 98th in points allowed, giving up 68.1 ppg, while also ranking 213th in defensive FG% (44.0%) and 214th in three-point defense (34.3%).
- 10-28 ATS in their last 38 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- 19-7 ATS in their last 26 vs. the Conference USA
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Thundering here have no defense at all, but that’s okay as the 49ers have absolutely no offense. Charlotte will not be able to score enough to keep this one close against one of the higher scoring teams in the nation. The 49ers are 1-5 ATS their last six games in league play and the favorite is 7-0 ATS the last seven games in this series.
Prediction: Marshall -8
Full-Game Total Pick
This is a complete contrast of styles as Marshall is 10th in the nation in pace, while the 49ers are 343rd. It will make for an interesting game. I like the Under though as I feel that the 49ers will not score enough to put the game over the total. Marshall has ned defense, but you don’t need a defense against this offense. The Under is 6-1 in Charlotte’s last seven games following a double-digit loss at home and that is the clincher.
Prediction: Under 142.5