NCAA Basketball Picks Drexel vs. Southern Miss to go Under

Jeff Grant

Friday, January 3, 2014 2:49 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 2:49 PM GMT

The Drexel Dragons and Southern Miss Golden Eagles are both capable of shutting down each other offensively, as the two teams prepare to meet Friday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this non-conference matchup.

Alternating pattern

Drexel has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 55-52 setback to Buffalo on Sunday while listed as 7.5-point home favorites by online sportsbooks, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Dragons will be playing in their seventh different state this season—making their first-ever trip to Mississippi.

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Playing solid basketball

Southern Mississippi has compiled a 12-2 SU record, as it looks to extend its current win streak to four games, as it picked up a 77-64 victory over Rhode Island as 4.5-point road favorites in the NCAA basketball odds last time out.

The Golden Eagles are outscoring opponents by an average of 10.6 points per game—made possible by leading Conference USA members in scoring defense.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 13-1 SU and 8-5-1 ATS in January.

Taking care of the basketball

College basketball handicappers will need to take a long look at the road underdog in this spot, as the Dragons are third nationally in turning the ball over on just 13.3 percent of their offensive possessions.

Drexel has three players averaging in double figures, with guard Chris Fouch leading the group at 17.1 points a contest.

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Dominant at home

The Golden Eagles have won 35 of their last 36 non-conference games at this venue, while they’ve covered the number in four of their last five home games versus teams with a winning road record.

Southern Miss has nine players averaging 11 or more minutes per game, with the entire roster knocking down 53.7 percent of its shots from inside the arc.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total in their NCAA basketball picks, as the UNDER is 9-3 in the Dragons’ last 12 games.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Under

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