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

Georgia State Panthers (13-7) at Texas-Arlington Mavericks (12-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:15 pm (College Park Center)

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The Georgia State Panthers will travel to College Park Center to take on the UT-Arlington Mavericks this Thursday night.

The Georgia State Panthers improved to 13-7 (6-3 Sun Belt) on the season after beating the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 75-64 this past Saturday. Georgia State held UL Lafayette to 33.9% shooting from the field and 26.3% (5-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Ryan Harrow who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. Georgia State is ranked 111th in the RPI Standings and has played the 157th ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Ryan Harrow (20.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.6 spg) and R.J. Hunter (19.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, Georgia State is averaging 73.3 ppg (ranked 57th) on 48.8% shooting (ranked 16th). The Panthers average 13.8 apg (ranked 101st) and have a turnover margin of 5.0 (ranked 6th). Defensively, Georgia State is allowing their opponents to average 65.7 ppg (ranked 166th) on 39.8% shooting (ranked 61st). The Panthers average 9.3 spg (ranked 9th) and grab 32.25 total rpg (ranked 281st).

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

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The UT-Arlington Mavericks won their 3rd straight and improved to 12-7 (6-3 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans 75-68 this past Saturday. UT-Arlington shot 46.8% from the field and outrebounded Arkansas-Little Rock by a 41-31 margin. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Lonnie McClanahan who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. UT-Arlington is ranked 125th in the RPI Standings and has played the 183rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Mavericks have been led by Johnny Hill (10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg) and Lonnie McClanahan (10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, UT-Arlington is averaging 70.9 ppg (ranked 95th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 183rd). The Mavericks average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 94th) and 26.11 offensive rpg (ranked 46th). Defensively, UT-Arlington is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg (ranked 255th) on 39.5% shooting (ranked 52nd). The Mavericks are holding opponents to 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 61st) and pull down a total of 37.63 rpg (ranked 52nd).

The Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the Sun Belt and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Georgia State has one of the best guard duos in R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow. UT-Arlington has play well as of late on the defensive end as in their last three games (all wins) they’ve held their opponents to just 60.0 ppg. Georgia State is the conference favorite however, have struggled on the road this season. I think UT-Arlington will do enough on the defensive end to keep this one close and possibility upset Georgia State at home. Take UT-Arlington and the points. 

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