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Texas State vs. Texas-Arlington - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas-Arlington Mavericks (13-9) at Texas State Bobcats (11-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Strahan Coliseum)

The Line: Texas State Bobcats -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Texas Arlington Mavericks and Texas State Bobcats meet Thursday at the Strahan Coliseum.

The Texas Arlington Mavericks are back in the Sun Belt race with wins in four of their last six games. On the season, Texas Arlington is averaging 70 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 70.4 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Lonnie McClanahan is averaging 10.5 points and 3.1 rebounds while Greg Gainey is averaging 9.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jamel Outler is shooting 37 percent from the field and Kevin Hervey is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Texas Arlington Mavericks have five players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 67.2 percent from the line and 32.9 percent from deep. Defensively, UT-Arlington is allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in four of its last six games.

Texas State vs. Texas-Arlington - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas State Bobcats are dropping in the standings with losses in seven of their last eight games. On the season, Texas State is averaging 61.4 points on 39.8 percent shooting and is allowing 62.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Emani Gant is averaging 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds while Cameron Naylor is averaging 8.5 points and 5.2 rebounds. D.J. Brown is dishing 2.8 assists and Ethan Montalvo is shooting 36.2 percent from the field. The Texas State Bobcats have six players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 69.4 percent from the line and 32.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Texas State is allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last six games.

The Mavericks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Bobcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Not sure how Texas State is favored in this game considering its playing its worst ball of the season and continues to lose game after game. Meanwhile, the Texas-Arlington Mavericks have found somewhat of a groove and are in the thick of the Sun Belt race. I'll take the better team and the free bucket. 

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Texas-Arlington Mavericks +2

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