Appalanchian State Mountaineers (4-5) vs South Florida Bulls (6-2)Date : 12/15/2018
Time : 1:00 pm EST
Location : Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida
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Appalanchian State Mountaineers vs South Florida Bulls
The Appalachian State Mountaineers will travel to Yuengling Center In Tampa, Florida, to battle the South Florida Bulls on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Bulls have won three of their last four games along with two straight as they were able to pick up a win versus the Raiders of Colgate in their last outing by a 73 – 63 score as a solid defense along with a 20-point night from David Collins proved to be the winning formula as the Bulls were able to extend their momentum for the path that awaits.
Appalachian State also comes into this matchup winners of three of their last four games along with two in a row after picking up a win over the North Carolina Central Eagles in their last time out at home by an 82-73 score as the Eagles certainly played well enough to win this matchup, however, 17 turnovers doomed their fate in the end as the Mountaineers were able to capitalize while also picking up a much-needed victory.
Appalanchian State Mountaineers's Latest Performance :
During their current winning streak, Appalachian State has averaged 89 points per game. On the other hand, their defense has not been stellar, however, have allowed 76 points during this time. Of course, one can certainly say that the offense has been the catalyst as far as their winning ways recently as even in their only lost to East Carolina during their current winning skid, the Mountaineers scored 81 points while only losing by two points to the Pirates. With that being said, Appalachian State will certainly take this momentum into this matchup versus a South Florida Bulls team that have been offensive aces thus far in the season. Unfortunately for Appalachian State, they are allowing teams to score a tad under 80 points per game while permitting them to shoot 46% from the floor on a nightly basis.
And while the Eagles of North Carolina Central shot horribly from three-point range versus the Mountaineers in their last outing, the Eagles shot 48% from the floor as a team while going down by only two points at the half to Appalachian State; However, the Mountaineers were able to outpace the Eagles in the second half as they were led by Joseph Battle, who went 10-11 from the free-throw line while going 4-4 from the field as he ended the game with 18 points to lead the Mountaineers in scoring as they shot 45% from the field while making only seven of 25 attempts from long range.
While the Mountaineers were outrebounded 34 – 30 by the Eagles throughout the game, they were able to capitalize on 17 costly turnovers for North Carolina Central, as stated, in which to pick up the victory. It will be interesting to see how Appalachian State performs versus a defense in South Florida that remains to be a solid unit, yet, has a tendency in which to give up a bit too many points to its opponents every now and again.
South Florida Bulls 's Latest Performance :
While South Florida had a bit of trouble early on versus the Raiders of Colgate as they went down by two points at the half, they came out in the second half and put away the visitors by outscoring them 39 – 27 the rest of the way as they were led by David Collins with 20 points on 6-11 shooting while Alexis yetna scored 14 points while pulling down five boards on the night as the Bulls shot 47% from the floor on the night. And despite only going 5-15 from long-range, the Bulls capitalize off 20 costly turnovers from the Raiders en route to a much-needed victory.
The defense held the Raiders to only 39% shooting as there were only two double-digit scores for Colgate in the matchup with Jordan Burns along with Rapolas Ivanauskas leading the team with 17 and 14 points, respectively, yet went 8-21 from the field on the night. In all, South Florida are currently victorious in two straight games along with picking up wins in three of their last four outings, overall. Furthermore, the Bulls, during this time, is only allowing teams to score 67 points per game. They will not focus their attention on the Appalachian State Mountaineers who have also pick things up since the beginning of the season as they have won three of their last four games as well after beginning the season with a 1-4 record.
How Appalanchian State Mountaineers & South Florida Bulls Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Appalachian State is 3 – 4 ATS while the OU is 7 – 0
South Florida is 4 – 4 ATS while the OU is 3 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be a highly competitive matchup vs these two squads as both will want to maintain their current winning streaks as each have won three of their last four games, overall. With that being the case, look for them to push the pace in this contest as they will be matched up against to average two below average defenses, to put it bluntly. With that being the case, look for this to be an up-and-down, and possibly high-scoring matchup vs these two squads on Saturday afternoon.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: South Florida Bulls
My reason for the pick :
I will pick South Florida to come out with a slim victory in this matchup over the Appalachian State Mountaineers in that South Florida will rely heavily on its defense in which to neutralize an offense for Appalachian State that has certainly destroyed opponents thus far in the season. Also, with the Mountaineers defense being one of the worst in the nation at this point, expect the scoring for South Florida to increase in this matchup as well. In all, look for the home team to show and prove as the Bulls will certainly pull out a competitive and hard-fought victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The over has been the play in the last seven games, overall, for Appalachian State while also being the result in three of the last five games for South Florida. With that being the case, look for this to be a high-scoring affair to where the offenses will certainly shine throughout as they will be able to obtain buckets not only within the half-court offense but within transition as well on two subpar defenses.
Betting trends for Appalanchian State Mountaineers:
- The Mountaineers are 2-4 ATS in last 6 games
- The over is 7 – 1 in Mountaineers last eight games
Betting trends for South Florida Bulls :
- The Bulls are 6-4 ATS in last 10 games
- The Bulls are 2 – 4 ATS unless six home games