Marshall Thundering Herd vs Old Dominion Monarchs Prediction, 2/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marshall Thundering Herd vs Old Dominion Monarchs
Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Location: Chartway Arena in Norfolk, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Marshall (-4)
The Old Dominion Monarchs (8-4) host the Marshall Thundering Herd (9-4) at Chartway Arena on Friday. The spread on this matchup has Marshall as 4-point favorites. The total opens at 140.5.
Marshall heads into this matchup with a win-loss record of 9-4 for the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 12.5 times per game and as a group are committing 16.2 fouls per game. As a team, Marshall is grabbing 36.9 boards per contest and has tallied 205 dimes so far this season, which is 159th in the nation in terms of passing. The Thundering Herd are shooting 32.7% on shots from beyond the arc (109 of 333) and 74.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 79.3 points per contest (40th in the country) while hitting 46.0% from the field. On defense, the Thundering Herd are forcing their opponents into 15.9 turnovers every game and they draw 16.3 personal fouls. The Thundering Herd are giving up a FG percentage of 42.3% (335 of 792) and they concede 37.8 boards per game as a squad. They are 67th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 152 relinquished on the year. They surrender 35.6% on 3-point attempts while they are 217th in college hoops in PPG allowed (71.5).
The Marshall Thundering Herd faced the FIU Panthers and notched a win by a score of 89-72 in their last contest. Marshall finished the contest with a 46.5% FG percentage (33 of 71) and converted 7 out of their 18 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Thundering Herd converted 16 of their 18 attempts for a rate of 88.9%. In terms of getting rebounds, they compiled 37 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 14 dimes for the contest as well as earning 8 steals and 2 blocks. With respect to the defense, Marshall allowed the other team to shoot 46.5% from the field on 33 out of 71 shooting. FIU recorded 16 dimes and had 3 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Panthers grabbed 30 rebounds (8 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 2 rejections. FIU finished shooting 63.6% at the charity stripe by converting 7 of 11 shots. They buried 11 out of their 35 shots from distance.
Taevion Kinsey is a player who was a major contributor for this contest. He walked away with 22 points on 8 out of 22 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins and totaled 12 rebounds. Kinsey walked away from this one shooting 36.4% from the field and also totaled 3 dimes. Someone else that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Thundering Herd was Andrew Taylor. He snagged 6 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He shot 69.2% from the floor in this matchup by going 9-of-13 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, Taylor was on the court for 32 min.
Old Dominion has a mark of 8-4 this year. Old Dominion has totaled 823 pts so far this year (68.6 per game) and they grab 36.3 boards per contest. The Monarchs are responsible for committing 16.5 fouls per game and they shoot 70.4% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Monarchs are hitting on 44.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 199th in D-1. They are assisting teammates 12.5 times per game (229th in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.0 times per game. The Monarchs on defense are ranked 136th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 68.5. They have relinquished 13.1 dimes and 34.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 189th and 126th in college hoops. The Old Dominion defense allows 35.1% on three-point shots (114 of 325) and their opponents are converting on 66.7% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 13.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.5% from the floor (153rd in D-1).
In their last game, the Old Dominion Monarchs got the victory with a final of 61-58 when they faced the Rice Owls. The Monarchs recorded 27 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 37 for the game. They stuffed 5 tries while getting 13 steals in the matchup. The Owls committed 18 personal fouls in the game which got the Monarchs to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 71.4%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Old Dominion converted 4 out of 12 attempts (33.3%). In all, the Monarchs walked away from this one shooting 21 for 55 from the field which had them shooting 38.2%. The Monarchs allowed the Owls to bury 18 out of 48 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.5% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 37.0% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 10 of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 17 from the free throw line (70.6%). When it comes to rebounds, Old Dominion allowed Rice to collect 29 overall (5 on the offensive glass).
Malik Curry pitched in for the Monarchs for the matchup. He buried 8 of 17 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 47.1%, which had him sitting at 20 points. Curry grabbed 5 rebounds in his 35 mins and accumulated 2 dimes in this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Old Dominion was Xavier Green. He notched 11 points in his 38 minutes on the court via 4 out of 9 shooting in the matchup. Green walked away from this one going 44.4% from the field in addition to contributing 2 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Marshall (-4)
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