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Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Georgia State Panthers - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia State Panthers (15-7) at Georgia Southern Eagles (15-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Hanner Fieldhouse)

The Line: Georgia Southern Eagles +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Georgia State Panthers will travel to W. S. Hanner Fieldhouse to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Georgia State Panthers won their 4th straight game and improved to 15-7 (8-3 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 74-43, this past Saturday. Georgia State held Arkansas State to 20.4% shooting from the field and 25.0% (4-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Ryan Harrow who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Georgia State is ranked 91st in the RPI Standings and has played the 148th ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Ryan Harrow (20.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.3 apg) and R.J. Hunter (20.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.5 apg). Offensively, Georgia State is averaging 74.0 ppg (ranked 43rd) on 48.9% shooting (ranked 15th). The Panthers average just 10.9 turnovers per game (ranked 27th) and dish out 14.0 apg (ranked 86th). Defensively, Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg (ranked 145th) on 39.3% shooting (ranked 47th). The Panthers average 32.55 total rpg (ranked 266th) and have a turnover margin of 5.0 (ranked 6th).

Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Georgia State Panthers - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Georgia Southern Eagles won their 4th straight game and improved to 15-4 (8-2 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, 76-61, this past Saturday. Georgia Southern shot 48.2% from the field and forced Arkansas-Little Rock into committing 15 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Jelani Hewitt who had 17 points and 6 assists. Georgia Southern is ranked 114th in the RPI Standings and has played the 320th SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Jelani Hewitt (19.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.7 spg) and Trent Wiedeman (12.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg). Offensively, Georgia Southern is averaging 71.6 ppg (ranked 84th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 185th). The Eagles average 8.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 33rd) and shoot 70.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 123rd). Defensively, Georgia Southern is holding their opponents to an average of 59.4 ppg (ranked 29th) on 37.7% shooting (ranked 17th). The Eagles grab 38.63 total rpg (ranked 27th) and have a rebound margin of 3.7 (ranked 68th).

The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, however, just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Eagles are 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win.

Georgia State is the conference favorite and have the best guard duos in the country in R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow. Georgia Southern have won 8 of their last 9 games and have been getting it done on both sides of the floor all season. It’s hard going against the great guard play of Georgia State, and although Georgia Southern hasn’t played nearly as difficult a schedule this year, Georgia State has struggled on the road and I think the Georgia Southern contains the guard play of Georgia State enough to get a big home victory. Take Georgia Southern and the points in this one.  

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