Trojans open as college hoops underdog vs Red Wolves
Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Troy Trojans Odds
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.
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.
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
Arkansas State home to Florida Atlantic, Saturday, January 26
Troy at Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, January 26