Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans vs. Georgia State Panthers - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia State Panthers (19-8) at Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (12-15)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Jack Stephens Center)
The Line: Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Georgia State Panthers will travel to the Jack Stephens Center to take on the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Georgia State Panthers improved to 19-8 (12-4 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 87-43, this past Saturday. Georgia State shot 58.2% from the field and 41.7% (5-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was R.J. Hunter who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists. Georgia State is ranked 84th in the RPI Standings and has played the 195th ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Ryan Harrow (20.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.3 apg) and R.J. Hunter (19.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apg). Georgia State is averaging 72.8 ppg (ranked 55th) on 48.4% shooting (ranked 14th). The Panthers average 14.1 apg (ranked 76th) and commit just 10.8 turnovers per game (ranked 25th). Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.1 ppg (ranked 72nd) on 37.5% shooting (ranked 6th). The Panthers average 9.1 spg (ranked 7th) and have a turnover margin of 4.9 (ranked 7th).
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The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans improved to 12-15 (7-10 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans, 63-58, this past Saturday. Arkansas-Little Rock shot 41.5% from the field and 43.8 % (7-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Trojans was Josh Hagins who had 17 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Arkansas-Little Rock is ranked 279th in the RPI Standings and has played the 280th ranked SOS. On the season, the Trojans have been led by Josh Hagins (12.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.0 apg) and James White (11.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 bpg). Arkansas-Little Rock is averaging 68.8 ppg (ranked 139th) on 41.6% shooting (ranked 267th). The Trojans average 6.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 150th) and commit just 10.8 turnovers per game (ranked 28th). Arkansas-Little Rock is holding their opponents to an average of 69.7 ppg (ranked 268th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 240th). The Trojans pull down 35.04 total rpg (ranked 149th) and have a turnover margin of 2.7 (ranked 31st).
The Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Georgia State was the conference favorite going into the season, and over the past two weeks, have been playing like the team to beat as they are 4-0 with an average margin of victory of 23.75 points. AR-Little Rock has won 4 of their last 5 games and has really been getting it done on the defensive end. Georgia State has two of the best players in the Sun Belt in R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow, and although the Trojans have been better as of late on the defensive end, I don't see them being able to slow down the Panthers the way they have been playing. I'm taking Georgia State to cover this spread.