South Alabama Jaguars at Appalachian State Mountaineers Free Prediction 02/20/20

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The South Alabama Jaguars (16-11, 9-7 SBC) will be at the Holmes Convocation Center to meet the Appalachian State Mountaineers (15-12, 9-7 SBC) in a SBC matchup. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

South Alabama Jaguars at Appalachian State Mountaineers ATS Odds

Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Mountaineers beat the Georgia Southern Eagles 62-57, while the Jaguars won a close one over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 50-49.

The Jaguars had 10 steals, while the Warhawks had a free throw rate of 0.130 (below their season average of 0.229). The Mountaineers, meanwhile, forced 16 turnovers and held the Eagles to an effective field goal percentage of 0.451 (below their season average of 0.503). Isaac Johnson had a good game for Appalachian State, putting up 17 points and 12 rebounds. Trhae Mitchell played a pivotal role for South Alabama with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

In their first matchup this season, Justin Forrest led the Mountaineers to an 81-71 victory. He scored a game-high 32 points. Appalachian State’s free throw rate was their biggest strength over South Alabama. The Mountaineers had a rate of 0.246, while the Jaguars posted a mark of 0.158.

The Jaguars’ Andre Fox has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 14 points per game. Meanwhile, O’Showen Williams has averaged 18 points,1.2 steals during that same time frame for the Mountaineers.

South Alabama does a solid job at getting to the charity stripe. They rank 15th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.291), but Appalachian State is among the best in the NCAA at keeping opponents off the line (ranking 53rd by allowing a FTA rate of 0.185).

South Alabama vs. Appalachian State ATS Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – South Alabama, ATS Winner – South Alabama, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • South Alabama ranks 28th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while Appalachian State ranks 145th (6.7).
  • The Mountaineers rank 136th in rebounds per game (35.7) while the Jaguars rank 227th (33.4).
  • Appalachian State ranks 215th in assists per game (11.6) while South Alabama ranks 236th (11.0).
  • The Mountaineers rank 49th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Jaguars rank 161st (4.0).
  • Appalachian State ranks 185th in three pointers attempted per game (21.1) while South Alabama ranks 287th (16.4).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Jaguars have scored an average of 70.0 points per game (1.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.0 points per game (0.9 below their season average).
  • The Mountaineers have been outscored by an average of 0.6 points in their last five games. On the season, Appalachian State has defeated opponents by an average of 1.8 points.