Charlotte 49ers (16-13) vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (6-24)
March 5, 2022 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles +9 / Charlotte 49ers -9; Over/Under: 141
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The Charlotte 49ers will travel to Reed Green Coliseum to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Charlotte 49ers improved to 16-13 on the season after defeating the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 60-56, this past Wednesday. Charlotte led by a 26-24 margin at halftime and was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 54-45 lead with 5:48 left in regulation. Charlotte shot 35.2% from the field & 15.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Middle Tennessee to shoot 37.3% from the field & 37.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the 49ers was Jahmir Young who had a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Charlotte is averaging 70.3 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The 49ers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Charlotte has been led by Jahmir Young (19.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Austin Butler (12.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 apg), Clyde Trapp (9.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.6 apg), & Aly Khalifa (7.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.6 apg).
Defensively, Charlotte is allowing their opponents to an average of 71.3 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The 49ers have a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of -0.1.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles lost their 13th straight game and dropped to 6-24 on the season after being defeated by the UAB Blazers, 81-68, this past Wednesday. Southern Miss struggled on the defensive end against UAB and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 44-32 margin. Southern Miss shot 42.3% from the field & 25.0% from beyond the arc while allowing UAB to shoot 47.1% from the field & 60.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Isaih Moore who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 steals.
On the season, Southern Miss is averaging 64.4 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 5.3 three-pointers per game on 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Miss has been led by Tyler Stevenson (14.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Isaih Moore (12.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 bpg), DeAndre Pinckney (8.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Rashad Bolden (7.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.9 apg), & Walyn Napper (6.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.1 apg). Tyler Stevenson is questionable for this matchup due to an undisclosed injury.
Defensively, Southern Miss is allowing their opponents to average 75.0 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of -2.3 and a turnover margin of -2.4.
The 49ers are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games vs. Southern Miss, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. C-USA West opponents. The Golden Eagles are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games & 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.
Southern Miss was able to pick up back-to-back ATS wins, however, this is a team that is just 3-10 at home this season and has struggled on both ends of the court throughout the season as they come into this game ranked just t-321st in scoring offense & 306th in scoring defense. Charlotte is just 5-6 on the road this season, however, the 49ers have been playing well as of late, winning 3 of their last 4 games that includes victories against Marshall & Middle Tennessee State. Charlotte has been solid on the offensvie end this season, ranking 61st in FG%, and as I think they have no issues putting up plenty of points in this one, I think the 49ers win this one by double-digits and cover this large road spread. Good Luck!