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Texas State Bobcats vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Appalachian State Mountaineers (7-10) at Texas State Bobcats (10-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Strahan Coliseum)

The Line: Texas State Bobcats -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers will travel to Strahan Coliseum to take on the Texas State Bobcats this Saturday evening in College Basketball action.

 The Appalachian State Mountaineers won their third straight game and improved to 7-10 (4-4 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the South Alabama Jaguars 64-53 this past Thursday. Appalachian State held South Alabama to just 18.2% shooting from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Jaguars by a 41-30 margin. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Tommy Spagnolo who had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Appalachian State is ranked 274th in the RPI Standings and has played the 320th ranked SOS. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Frank Eaves (17.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Tommy Spagnolo (11.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Appalachian State is averaging 64.4 ppg (ranked 255th) on 39.4% shooting (ranked 313th). The Mountaineers average 6.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 19th) and grab 12.29 offensive rpg (ranked 73rd). Appalachian State is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg (ranked 271st) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 289th). The Mountaineers average just 1.9 bpg (ranked 333rd) and 3.9 spg (ranked 338th).

Texas State Bobcats vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas State Bobcats lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 10-8 (4-5 Sun Belt) on the season after being losing 45-43 to the Georgia Southern Eagles this past Thursday. Texas State struggled offensively as they shot just 32.1% from the field and 9.1% (1-11) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was JaMarcus Weatherspoon who had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Texas State is ranked 189th in the RPI Standings and has played the 161st ranked SOS. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Emani Grant (13.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg) and Cameron Naylor (8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg). Offensively, Texas State is averaging 63.9 ppg (ranked 263rd) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 251st). The Bobcats average 13.6 turnovers per game (ranked 238th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.85 (ranked 254th). Defensively, Texas State is holding their opponents to an average of 58.9 ppg (ranked 26th) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 108th). The Bobcats average 8.3 spg (ranked 28th) and have a turnover margin of 3.2 (ranked 26th).

The Mountaineers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Bobcats are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. loss and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Texas State is a team that likes to grind out the game and beat you with their defense. Although Appalachian State has played well at late, the majority of their Sun Belt success this year has come at home. I think Texas State puts the clamps down on the Appalachian State offense and score enough to cover this spread. Take Texas State to cover.   

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Texas State Bobcats -8.5

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