The Thundering Herd and Warhawks are set to face off at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. The Warhawks will host the game at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, LA. The Thundering Herd are the favorites in this Sun Belt conference matchup the against the Warhawks. The over/under for the game is set at 147.5 points.

MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD VS LOUISIANA-MONROE WARHAWKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +5.5

This game will be played at Fant-Ewing Coliseum at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.

WHY BET THE LOUISIANA-MONROE WARHAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Warhawks.
  • Not only will Louisiana-Monroe pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Does Marshall Have What it Takes on the Road?

Marshall will be playing their 15th game of the season when they take on Louisiana-Monroe. So far, they have a record of 6-8. When playing on the road, Marshall has gone 2-5, while they have a 3-3 record at home. Against the spread, Marshall has a 6-7 record this season. Over their last five games, the team is 3-1 vs. the spread.

In 14 games, Marshall comes in with an over/under mark of 3-10-0, with their games averaging 152.2 points per game. Looking at the Thundering Herd's last three games, their over/under record is 0-2 with their games averaging 151 points per game.

In their recent matchup, the Marshall offense ended with 75 points against Louisiana-Lafayette. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 41.4% and made 7 threes. One area that the Marshall offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 127th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 41%.

So far, the Thundering Herd's defense is ranked 237th in the country at 77.3 points per contest. In today's game vs. Louisiana-Monroe, the Marshall defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Marshall made 20 free-throws vs. the Thundering Herd.

Will Louisiana-Monroe Secure A Victory as Home Underdogs?

Louisiana-Monroe comes into their 12th game of the season with a 4-7 overall record. In their last ten home games, Louisiana-Monroe has a 5-5 record at home, which includes games from last year. Louisiana-Monroe's ATS record leading into today's game is 4-5. When playing away, the Warhawks have a 4-3 vs. the spread record, while at home they are 0-2 ATS.

After 11 games, Louisiana-Monroe has an over/under record of 4-5-0, with their games averaging a combined 135.2 points per game so far. The Warhawks' last five games have finished with a combined 146 points per game and an over/under record of 2-2.

Most recently, the Louisiana-Monroe offense finished with just 55 points vs. Appalachian State. For the game, they hit 4/11 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 37.1%. The top scorer for the Warhawks was Nika Metskhvarishvili with 16 points, while Jacob Wilson also chipped in with 10 points.

Currently, the Warhawks' defense holds the 172nd rank in the nation, allowing 72.7 points per game. Louisiana-Monroe will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Appalachian State to just 41% shooting in their most recent game.