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Arkansas State Red Wolves vs. Georgia Southern Eagles - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Southern Eagles (8-3) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (6-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:30 pm (ASU Convocation Center)

The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Georgia Southern Eagles will travel to the ASU Convocation Center to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves this Thursday night.

The Georgia Southern Eagles improved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the Texas State Bobcats 40-36 this past Saturday. The Eagles held the Bobcats to 26.8% shooting from the field and 15.4% shooting from long range. Leading the way for Georgia Southern was Trent Wiedeman who had 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 steals. The Eagles are ranked 133rd in the RPI Standings and have the 239th ranked SOS. On the season, Georgia Southern have been led by Jelani Hewitt (20.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.1 spg) and Trent Wiedeman (14.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, the Eagles are averaging 72.5 ppg (ranked 77th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 262nd). Georgia Southern is shooting 73.9% from the charity stripe (ranked 38th). Defensively, the Eagles are allowing their opponents to average 58.7 ppg (ranked 34th) on 38.1% shooting (ranked 37th). Georgia Southern is grabbing 14.91 offensive rpg (ranked 11th), 26.36 defensive rpg (ranked 57th), and 41.27 total rpg (ranked 11th).

Arkansas State Red Wolves vs. Georgia Southern Eagles - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Arkansas State Red Wolves fell to 6-6 (1-2 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated 70-61 by the UL Monroe Warhawks this past Monday. The Red Wolves shot 41.8% from the field and 73.3% from the free-throw line in the victory. Leading the way for Arkansas State was Cameron Golden who had 25 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Red Wolves are currently ranked 316th in the RPI Standings and have played the 350th ranked SOS. On the season, Arkansas State have been led by Anthony Livingston (16.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Cameron Golden (15.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg). The Red Wolves are averaging 67.6 ppg (ranked 181st) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 191st). Arkansas State averages 6.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 164th). Defensively, the Red Wolves are holding their opponents to an average of 66.8 ppg (ranked 197th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 152nd). Arkansas State is grabbing an average of 25.0 defensive rpg (ranked 123rd) and 36.42 total rpg (ranked 114th).

The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Red Wolves are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Georgia Southern were held to a season low in points against a tough Texas State defensive, but was able to steal a victory with a dominate defensive effort of their own. The Eagles will have an easier time finding the bucket against Arkansas State and as long as they ensure the Anthony Livingston doesn’t get it going, I see the Eagles winning this one on the road. Take Georgia Southern and the points. 

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Georgia Southern Eagles +2.5

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