The Toledo Rockets (5-3) will be at home in Savage Arena when they square off against the Marshall Thundering Herd (6-3). Toledo opened as a 5.5-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 168.5 points. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
Marshall Thundering Herd at Toledo Rockets Odds Preview
The last time the Thundering Herd played, they were victorious over the Chattanooga Mocs, 70-66. With 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks, Ajdin Penava had a good game for Marshall. The Thundering Herd forced 18 turnovers and held the Mocs to an effective field goal percentage of 0.418 (below their season average of 0.557).
The Rockets will look to keep it rolling after edging the Detroit Titans in their last game, 89-86. Toledo received a boost from Tre’Shaun Fletcher, who finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Toledo played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 35.9 (above their season average of 20.9) and a free throw rate of 0.215 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Detroit was 18.9 and 0.176, respectively.
The upper-echelon offense of Toledo will square off against the bottom-tier defense of Marshall. Since the 2016-17 season, the Rockets offense ranks 49th in effective field goal percentage (0.544), while the Marshall defense ranks 279th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.514). The Rockets should have the edge on that side of the ball. Furthermore, the Thundering Herd rank 292nd in offensive rebounding percentage (24.7 percent), while the Rockets rank 44th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.5 percent).
Neither team has shown a tendency in terms of going over or under the O/U total. Both teams have respectable straight up (SU) records (6-3 for Marshall; 5-3 for Toledo), but the Rockets have the edge against the spread (ATS). Toledo is 3-3 ATS, while the Thundering Herd are 2-4.
The Thundering Herd won the sole game against the Rockets last season, 111-105. The Thundering Herd played a nearly perfect game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.269 and a turnover percentage of 11.5. The Rockets had marks of 0.219 and 14.0, respectively, for those same stats.
Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Toledo Rockets Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Marshall, ATS Winner – Marshall, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Rockets rank 82nd in three pointers allowed per game (20.0) while the Thundering Herd rank 261st (20.8).
- Marshall ranks 13th in blocks per game (4.3) while Toledo ranks 185th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
- Toledo averages 15.9 assists per game, which ranks 42nd in the nation. Marshall ranks 268th in assists allowed per game (15.0).
- The Thundering Herd rank 64th in steals per game (6.3) while the Rockets rank 287th (3.9).
- Toledo averages 37.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 97th in the NCAA. Marshall ranks 308th in rebounds allowed per game (41.8).