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Georgia State Panthers vs. Texas-Arlington Mavericks - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas-Arlington Mavericks (9-6) at Georgia State Panthers (10-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (GSU Sports Arena)

The Line: Georgia State Panthers -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The UT-Arlington Mavericks and Georgia State Panthers will face off at the GSU Sports Arena this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The UT-Arlington Mavericks improved to 9-6 (3-2 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Arkansas St. Red Wolves 77-50 this past Saturday. The Mavericks outrebounded the Red Wolves by a 41-32 margin and held the Arkansas State to just 22.2% (6-27) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for UT-Arlington was Johnny Hill who had 14 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. The Mavericks are currently ranked 172nd in the RPI Rankings and have played the 225th ranked SOS. On the season, UT-Arlington has been led by Johnny Hill (11.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg) and Lonnie McClanahan (9.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.8 apg). Offensively, the Mavericks are averaging 72.3 ppg (ranked 80th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 188th). UT-Arlington is averaging 13.1 apg (ranked 146th) and commits 13.5 turnovers per game (ranked 214th). Defensively, the Mavericks are allowing their opponents to score an average of 70.3 ppg (ranked 272nd) on 39.5% shooting (ranked 67th). UT-Arlington is averaging 25.67 defensive rpg (ranked 83rd) and 37.47 total rpg (ranked 75th).

Georgia State Panthers vs. Texas-Arlington Mavericks - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Georgia State Panthers improved to 10-6 (3-2 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans 77-72 this past Saturday. The Panthers shot 54.5% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from long-range in the victory.  Leading the way for Georgia State was R.J. Hunter who had 37 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Panthers are currently ranked 109th in the RPI Standings and have played the 115th ranked SOS. On the season, Georgia State has been led by R.J. Hunter (21.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg) and Ryan Harrow (19.9 ppg, 4.9 apg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 73.7 ppg (ranked 50th) on 48.9% shooting (ranked 19th). Georgia State has a 1.32 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 37th). Defensively, the Panthers are allowing their opponents to score an average of 66.2 ppg (ranked 180th) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 121st). Georgia State is averaging 9.6 spg (ranked 7th) and has a turnover margin of 5.1 (ranked 7th). The Panthers are grabbing 22.38 defensive rpg (ranked 274th) and 32.13 total rpg (ranked 283rd).

The Mavericks are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. the Sun Belt.

Georgia State has two of the better guards in the country in R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow who both know how to put the ball in the basket. UT-Arlington is a very deep team as they have 10 players on their roster that play at least 15 minutes a game. UT-Arlington has played some stiff competition this year, however, I just don’t think they have what it takes on the defensive end to stop the Georgia State offensive. I think UT-Arlington will hang around early, but Georgia State pulls away in the second half for a double-digit victory. 

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