Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Texas-Arlington Mavericks - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas-Arlington Mavericks (16-12) at Georgia Southern Eagles (20-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Hanner Fieldhouse)
The Line: Georgia Southern Eagles -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UT-Arlington Mavericks will travel to the W. S. Hanner Fieldhouse to take on the Georgia State Eagles this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The UT-Arlington Mavericks improved to 16-12 (10-8 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, 82-73, this past Saturday. UT-Arlington shot 58.0% from the field and 33.3% (5-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Lonnie McClanahan who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 12 assists. UT-Arlington is ranked 174th in the RPI Standings and has played the 216th ranked SOS. On the season, the Mavericks have been led by Lonnie McClanahan (11.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Greg Gainey (10.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.5 bpg). UT-Arlington is averaging 72.6 ppg (ranked 55th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 134th). The Mavericks average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 128th) and 13.1 apg (ranked 140th). UT-Arlington is holding their opponents to an average of 71.1 ppg (ranked 291st) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 78th). The Mavericks are holding teams to 32.2% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 83rd), however, commit 20.8 personal fouls per game (ranked 316th).
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The Georgia State Eagles dropped to 20-7 (13-5 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, 68-58, this past Saturday. Georgia State shot 34.9% from the field and 28.0% (7-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Jelani hewitt who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Georgia State is ranked 136th in the RPI Standings and has played the 328th ranked SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Jelani Hewitt (18.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg) and Trent Wiedeman (11.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg). Georgia State is averaging 70.4 ppg (ranked 96th). on 42.7% shooting (ranked 218th). The Eagles average 7.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 52nd) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.0 (ranked 184th). Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.0 ppg (ranked 52nd) on 39.4% shooting (ranked 35th). The Eagles pull down 38.15 total rpg (ranked 25th) and have a turnover margin of 2.6 (ranked 35th).
The Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Eagles are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
UT-Arlington was able to snap a two game losing streak with a convincing win in which they shot 58.0% from the field. Georgia Southern couldn't slow down the Ragin' Cajun high-paced offensive enough and struggled offensively in their recent loss. UT-Arlington has been on an absolute tear offensively as they've averaged 80.8 ppg in their last 5 games. In their first match-up of the season, UT-Arlington was able to squeak out a 62-61 victory at home. The question in this one is will the Georgia Southern defensive be able to contain a red-hot UT-Arlington offensive and although I do like this Eagle team, UT-Arlington is a .500 team on the road and the Panthers have been awful at home ATS as of late. I think Georgia Southern can pull out the win in this one, but this is just too many points to give to UT-Arlington. Take UT-Arlington and the points.