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NCAA hoops odds preview - Arkansas State vs. Troy

Arkansas State Red WolvesTroy Trojans
11-8February 01, 2014, 08:30 | Trojan Arena7-13

Arkansas State travels to Troy on Saturday, hoping to boost its 11-8 record with a victory over the Trojans.

The Trojans bring a 7-13 record (8-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 11-8 Red Wolves, who are 7-7-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Troy go 6-8 so far and the Red Wolves go 7-7-1.

View Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Troy Trojans Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -4-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Trojans at No. 139 and the Red Wolves at No. 135 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Arkansas State was a 72-65 loser on the road against Louisiana-Monroe. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. The Red Wolves wasted a 27-point performance from Melvin Johnson III in losing to Louisiana-Monroe 72-65 on Thursday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Troy lost its last outing, a 73-65 result against Texas State on January 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point underdog. The Trojans endured a 73-65 loss at the hands of the Bobcats on Saturday, despite a 24-point effort from Westley Hinton at Strahan Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Troy's No. 224-ranked scoring average of 66.6 PPG, against a Red Wolves defense rated No. 191 and allowing 72.68 PPG. The Trojans FG% has averaged 41.24% to date this season, less than the Red Wolves shooters have managed so far (45.16% per game).

A few Red Wolves at Trojans trends to consider:
Arkansas State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Arkansas State is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Arkansas State is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Troy
Arkansas State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Troy
Troy is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Troy's last 6 games
Troy is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Troy is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Arkansas State

Next up:
Arkansas State home to Lyon College, Tuesday, February 4th
Troy at South Alabama, Thursday, February 6th