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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Red Wolves underdogs vs Thundering Herd at Marshall

Arkansas State Red WolvesMarshall Thundering Herd
5-4December 21, 2013, 07:00 | Cam Henderson Center5-6

The Marshall Thundering Herd will hit the floor running against the visiting Arkansas State Red Wolves Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

This season, the Thundering Herd are 5-6 overall and 3-3 ATS, while the Red Wolves are 5-4 and 1-5 ATS. As for the totals, Marshall boasts a 3-3 on the OU, and Arkansas State is 3-3.

View Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Marshall Thundering Herd as -4.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Thundering Herd - Red Wolves odds would favor the Thundering Herd if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Marshall is rated No. 190 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Arkansas State is at No. 224.

Arkansas State lost its last outing, a 78-65 result against Toledo on December 17. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Kirk Van Slyke scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Red Wolves to a win (they lost 78-65 to Toledo at ASU Convocation Center on Tuesday).

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Red Wolves is ranked No. 179 in NCAA hoops at 34.89 per game. Contrast that with Marshall’s No. 42 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Marshall is the No. 55-ranked team in the country at 7.64 per game, while Arkansas State rates No. 24 at 8.44 per game.

A few Red Wolves at Thundering Herd trends to consider:
Arkansas State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Marshall is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Marshall is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Arkansas State home to Southern Arkansas, Monday, December 30th
Marshall at South Carolina, Monday, December 30th