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Troy Trojans face South Alabama Jaguars: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Troy TrojansSouth Alabama Jaguars
9-16February 22, 2014, 08:05 | Mitchell Center8-18

College hoops betting interest focuses on the South Alabama vs Troy battle Saturday at Mitchell Center as the Jaguars look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Jaguars bring a 8-18 record (7-16 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-16 Trojans, who are 11-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed South Alabama go 9-14 so far and the Trojans go 10-9.

View Troy Trojans vs South Alabama Jaguars Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Jaguars in this one found them listed as -6-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Trojans was expected to move the line.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 237-rated Jaguars and the No. 141-ranked Trojans, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Troy lost its last outing, a 78-63 result against Louisiana-Lafayette on February 20. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point underdog. Troy suffered a 78-63 loss against Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, getting 14 points from Antoine Myers in a losing effort at Cajundome.

South Alabama was a 67-66 loser in its last match on the road against Texas State. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Augustine Rubit scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Jaguars to a win (they lost 67-66 to Texas State at Strahan Coliseum on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and South Alabama has the nation's No. 195-rated offensive output, at 68.42 PPG. The visiting Trojans defense ranks No. 155 allowing on average 70.64 PPG. The Jaguars FG% has averaged 40.31% so far, less than the Trojans marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.9% per game.

A few Trojans at Jaguars trends to consider:
Troy is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Troy's last 6 games
Troy is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Troy is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games on the road
South Alabama is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games
South Alabama is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Alabama's last 5 games
South Alabama is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Troy home to Arkansas-Little Rock, Thursday, February 27th
South Alabama at Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday, February 27th