South Alabama vs Appalachian State Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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The South Alabama Jaguars (16-15, 9-9 Sun Belt) will be looking to continue a five-game home winning streak when squaring off against the Appalachian State Mountaineers (16-15, 9-9 Sun Belt) on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Pensacola Bay Center. It airs at 12:30 PM ET on ESPN+.

The Jaguars match up with the Mountaineers in a game that South Alabama is currently a moderate favorite by 4 points. The matchup’s point total is 129.5.

South Alabama vs. Appalachian State Odds

Point Spread for South Alabama vs. Appalachian State

The spread for this matchup is set at 4 points, with sportsbooks listing South Alabama as the favorite.

South Alabama vs. Appalachian State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, South Alabama has -188 odds to pick up the win, while Appalachian State is listed at +159 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 129.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 12:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Pensacola, Florida
  • Arena: Pensacola Bay Center

South Alabama vs. Appalachian State Betting Trends

South Alabama is 18-11-0 against the spread this year. The Jaguars have won in 12, or 75%, of the 16 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. South Alabama has hit the over in 50% of its opportunities this year (14 times over 28 games with a set point total).

Appalachian State has 14 wins against the spread in 28 games this year. The Mountaineers have won 33.3% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (5-10). Appalachian State’s games this season have gone over the point total 14 times in 28 opportunities (50%).

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South Alabama vs. Appalachian State Key Players to Watch

South Alabama

Kevin Samuel is tops on his team in rebounds per game (8.9), and also averages 10.2 points and 0.6 assists. At the other end, he puts up 0.9 steals and 2.5 blocked shots (eighth in college basketball). Tyrell Jones averages 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. At the other end, he averages 1.2 steals and 0 blocked shots. Owen White is averaging 8.5 points, 0.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Appalachian State

CJ Huntley is the Mountaineers’ top rebounder (5.9 per game), and he averages 9 points and 0.6 assists. The Mountaineers get 6.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game from Justin Abson. The Mountaineers receive 11 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from Terence Harcum.

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What you need to know about the South Alabama Jaguars

So far this season, eight out of South Alabama’s 18 Sun Belt games have gone over the point total. The Jaguars are putting up 70.8 points per game (198th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while surrendering 65.3 points per contest (52nd-ranked). South Alabama is averaging 30.2 boards per game (269th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 32.8 rebounds per contest (289th-ranked).

With 7.7 threes per game, South Alabama is 147th in college basketball. It sports a 34.1% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 190th in college basketball. The Jaguars are thriving when it comes to defending against three-pointers, as they rank third-best in college basketball in three-pointers allowed (4.8 per game) and 11th-best in three-point percentage allowed (29.3%).

The Jaguars have gone 8-2 over their past 10 games, with an 8-2 record against the spread in that span. Five of South Alabama’s past 10 games have gone over the total. On offense, South Alabama has increased its output a little bit over its last 10 games, scoring 74.5 points per contest over that stretch as opposed to the 70.8 it has put up over the course of this season. South Alabama has been tougher on defense as of late, giving up 59.7 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 65.3 points per game its opponents are averaging in the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Appalachian State Mountaineers

Appalachian State and its opponents have combined to go over the point total nine out of 18 times this season in Sun Belt play. The Mountaineers are 205th in the country in points scored (70.5 per game) and 35th in points conceded (64.5). On the glass, Appalachian State is 132nd in the country in rebounds (32.5 per game). It is 266th in rebounds conceded (32.3 per game).

Appalachian State makes 7.6 3-pointers per game and shoots 33.4% from beyond the arc, ranking 158th and 232nd, respectively, in the nation. Giving up 7.3 3-pointers per game and conceding 32% from downtown, the Mountaineers are 191st and 71st in college basketball, respectively, in those categories.

The Mountaineers have a 5-5 record against the spread while going 5-5 overall over their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Appalachian State has hit the over six times. Appalachian State is averaging 64.5 points per game in its last 10 games, which is six fewer points than its average for the season (70.5). The Mountaineers are allowing 63.2 points per game over their last 10 games, which is 1.3 fewer points than they are allowing for the season (64.5).

South Alabama vs. Appalachian State Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is South Alabama, and we predict that South Alabama will cover the spread (South Alabama -4). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 129.5 points.

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How to bet South Alabama vs. Appalachian State

You can bet on South Alabama vs. Appalachian State at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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