The Marshall Thundering Herd (12-13, 6-6 CUSA) and the UTSA Roadrunners (11-14, 5-7 CUSA), who both like to play up-tempo, will go head-to-head at UTSA Convocation Center. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and will air on CBS Sports Network.
Marshall Thundering Herd at UTSA Roadrunners ATS Prediction
In the Thundering Herd’s last game, they topped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 83-79. Marshall’s 16.1 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Louisiana Tech, who had a mark of 20.1. The Thundering Herd’s mark was better than their season average of 17.7, while the Bulldogs’ was above their season average of 15.6. Marshall rallied around Mikel Beyers, who recorded 24 points and six rebounds.
The Roadrunners lost to the Charlotte 49ers in their last game, 91-84. Charlotte made 11 of their 25 three pointers (44.0 percent), while UTSA was 8-31 (25.8 percent). With 25 points and eight rebounds, Jhivvan Jackson put together a solid performance for UTSA.
After the Roadrunners won the lone contest against the Thundering Herd last season, 116-106, these teams will battle for the first time this year. The Roadrunners knocked down 28 of their 35 free throws (80.0 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (23.7 vs. 13.0).
There could be plenty of transition offense in this battle that showcases a pair of the country’s more up-and-down teams. UTSA currently ranks 20th in possessions per game (74.4) and Marshall is 16th (74.7).
Marshall at UTSA Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Marshall, O/U – Over
UTSA ranks 51st in rebounds per game (38.5) while Marshall ranks 275th in rebounds allowed per game (39.4).
The Thundering Herd rank 86th in three pointers attempted per game (24.0) while the Roadrunners rank 234th in three pointers allowed per game (23.9).
Marshall ranks 15th in steals per game (8.8) while UTSA ranks 158th (6.0).
The Thundering Herd rank eighth in blocks per game (5.7) while the Roadrunners rank 149th (2.8).
Marshall ranks 19th in assists allowed per game (10.0) while UTSA ranks 132nd (12.5).
The Thundering Herd’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.6, down from 2.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 81.4 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 83.8 points per game (6.0 above their season average).