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Texas State Bobcats vs. Georgia Southern Eagles - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Southern Eagles (11-4) at Texas State Bobcats (10-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Strahan Coliseum)

The Line: Texas State Bobcats -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Georgia Southern Eagles will travel to Strahan Coliseum to take on the Texas State Bobcats this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Georgia Southern Eagles had their four game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-4 (4-2 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Troy Trojans 75-71 this past Saturday. Georgia Southern allowed Troy to shoot 52.2% (12-23) from beyond the arc and only got to the free-throw line seven times in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Jelani Hewitt who had 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. Georgia Southern is ranked 146th in the RPI Standings and has played the 319th ranked SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Jelani Hewitt (20.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.8 spg) and Trent Wiedeman (12.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg). Offensively, Georgia Southern is averaging 73.3 ppg (ranked 56th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 206th). The Eagles are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 59th) and shoot 72.7% from the free-throw line (ranked 58th), Defensively, Georgia Southern is holding their opponents to an average of 61.7 ppg (ranked 67th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 40th). The Eagles are grabbing 39.93 total rpg (ranked 16th) and have a rebound margin of 6.4 (ranked 30th).

Texas State Bobcats vs. Georgia Southern Eagles - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas State Bobcats dropped to 10-7 (4-4 Sun Belt) on the season after losing 66-55 to the UT-Arlington Mavericks this past Monday. Texas State struggled offensively as they shot only 29.6% from the field and 22.2% (4-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Emani Gant who had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Texas State is ranked 175th in the RPI Standings and has played the 193rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Emani Gant (14.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.3 apg) and D.J. Brown (8.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.7 apg). Offensively, Texas State is averaging 65.2 ppg (ranked 233rd) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 230th). The Bobcats have a 0.87 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 244th) and average just 5.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 248th). Defensively, Texas State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.7 ppg (ranked 36th) on 41.4% shooting (ranked 130th). The Bobcats are holding their opponents to 29.2% from beyond the arc (ranked 27th) and average 8.7 spg (ranked 18th).

The Eagles are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Bobcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

When these teams met up earlier in the season, it was an absolute slugfest in which Georgia Southern won 40-36. Texas State can really get at teams on the defensive end and I think that they’ll once again cause Georgia Southern to struggle offensively. I’m think Texas State will win this home game and cover this small spread.

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Texas State -1.5

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