The Tulane Green Wave (6-3) will try to extend a six-game home winning streak when they meet the South Alabama Jaguars (6-5) at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 139.5 points with Tulane set as a 10-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 21, 2017.
South Alabama Jaguars at Tulane Green Wave Odds Preview
In the Jaguars last game, they defeated the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 63-52. With nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists, Trhae Mitchell had a good game for South Alabama. The Jaguars had a much better free throw rate (0.220 vs. 0.092) and held the Panthers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.354 (below their season average of 0.493).
The Green Wave will look to keep it rolling after topping the Nicholls Colonels in their last outing, 76-69. Tulane’s Cameron Reynolds had a good game, contributing 16 points and nine rebounds. Tulane dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.308 (above their season average of 0.239) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.577 (above their season average of 0.531). Nicholls was 0.161 and 0.476, respectively, for those same stats.
The offense of Tulane will clash against the elite defense of South Alabama. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Green Wave rank 156th in offensive efficiency, while the Jaguars are 37th in defensive efficiency. The Jaguars figure to have the advantage on that end of the court.
Games including these teams tend to go under the projected point total. South Alabama games have finished under 62.5 percent of the time, while 83.3 percent of Tulane games have finished under. The Green Wave hold the significant advantage straight up (SU) (6-3 vs. 6-5), but the Jaguars have been better against the spread (ATS) (7-1 vs. 3-3).
Josh Ajayi has taken his game to another level over the last five games for South Alabama, averaging 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
South Alabama Jaguars vs. Tulane Green Wave Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Tulane, ATS Winner – South Alabama, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- Tulane ranks 46th in assists per game (13.7) while South Alabama ranks 177th (12.7).
- The Jaguars rank 28th in blocks allowed per game (3.0) while the Green Wave rank 114th (3.7).
- Tulane averages 35.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 87th in the nation. South Alabama ranks 172nd in rebounds allowed per game (37.6).