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Trojans open as college hoops underdog vs Red Wolves

Arkansas State Red WolvesTroy Trojans
Jan 24, 8:30 PM | Trojan Arena

Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Troy Trojans Odds

11-7TEAM RECORD7-12

The Troy Trojans hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Arkansas State Red Wolves pay a visit to Trojan Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

The Trojans bring a 7-12 record (9-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 11-7 Red Wolves, who are 7-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Troy go 5-7 so far and the Red Wolves go 6-7.

View Arkansas State vs Troy Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Troy sat as 6.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Trojans at No. 303 and the Red Wolves at No. 148 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 71-60 result in favor of the Red Wolves.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Troy's No. 294-ranked offense, averaging 61.6 PPG, against a Red Wolves defense that ranks No. 110 at 63.5 PPG. The Trojans field goal percentage has averaged 39% so far, less than the Red Wolves marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.1% per game.

Defensively, Arkansas State features the nation's No. 177-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.9 points per game. Troy, meanwhile, comes in at No. 322 nationally in scoring at home.

Arkansas State was a 63-39 winner in its last match at home against Louisiana-Monroe. They covered the 16.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Red Wolves and Warhawks didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Louisiana-Monroe was handed a 63-39 defeat on Saturday at ASU Convocation Center.

Troy was a 61-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Florida International. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs. Emil Jones scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Trojans to a win (they lost 61-55 to Florida International at U.S. Century Bank Arena on Saturday).

Arkansas State Red Wolves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Florida Atlantic are 3-6
After playing Louisiana-Monroe are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

Troy Trojans Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Louisiana-Monroe are 3-5
After playing Florida International are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

A few Red Wolves at Trojans trends to consider:
Arkansas State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Troy's last 8 games when playing Arkansas State
Troy is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Arkansas State
Troy is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Arkansas State home to Florida Atlantic, Saturday, January 26
Troy at Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, January 26