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Marshall Thundering Herd take on Roadrunners in NCAA basketball test

Marshall Thundering HerdTexas-San Antonio Roadrunners
6-9January 09, 2014, 08:00 | UTSA Convocation Center4-9

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Texas-San Antonio vs Marshall battle Thursday at UTSA Convocation Center as the Roadrunners look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Roadrunners bring a 4-9 record (0-5 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-9 Thundering Herd, who are 4-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Texas-San Antonio go 3-1 so far and the Thundering Herd go 5-4.

View Marshall Thundering Herd vs Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners Odds and Stats.

The Roadrunners were listed as 9-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 338-rated Roadrunners and the No. 228-ranked Thundering Herd, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Marshall was a 77-49 winner at home against Presbyterian. Marshall cruised to victory on Sunday, running Presbyterian out of the gym and running up a 77-49 score at Cam Henderson Center.

Texas-San Antonio lost its last outing, a 104-71 result against Arkansas on January 4. They failed to cover in that game as a 29.5-point underdog. Texas-San Antonio was run off the court by the Razorbacks on Saturday as Arkansas routed them 104-71 at Bud Walton Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas-San Antonio's No. 198-ranked scoring average of 69.54 PPG, against a Thundering Herd defense rated No. 221 and allowing 75.4 PPG. The Roadrunners FG% has averaged 44.05% to date this season, less than the Thundering Herd shooters have managed so far (46.82% per game).

Next up:
Marshall at Texas El Paso, Saturday, January 11th
Texas-San Antonio at Charlotte, Saturday, January 11th