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Texas-Arlington vs. Texas State - 3/12/15 Sun Belt Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas State Bobcats (13-16) at Texas-Arlington Mavericks (16-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Lakefront Arena)

The Line: Texas-Arlington Mavericks -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Texas State Bobcats and UT Arlington Mavericks meet Thursday in the Sun Belt Tournament.

The Texas State Bobcats look for a win after losing six of their last eight games. On the season, Texas State is averaging 60.2 points on 39.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Emani Gant is averaging 12.6 points and seven rebounds while Cameron Naylor is averaging 8.1 points and five rebounds. Ethan Montalvo is dishing 1.4 assists and Kavin Gilder-Tilbury is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Texas State Bobcats have four players averaging at least 7.7 points, and they’re shooting 69 percent from the line and 31.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Texas State is allowing 31.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 67 or less points in six straight games.

Texas-Arlington vs. Texas State - 3/12/15 Sun Belt Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UT Arlington Mavericks need a win after losing five of their last seven games. On the season, UT Arlington is averaging 71.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 72 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Lonnie McClanahan is averaging 11.6 points and 2.9 assists while Jamel Outler is averaging 9.1 points and 1.4 rebounds. Kevin Hervey is grabbing six rebounds and Erick Neal is dishing 2.9 assists. The UT Arlington Mavericks have four players averaging at least 6.5 points, and they’re shooting 66.9 percent from the line and 32 percent from deep. Defensively, UT Arlington is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in five straight games. Greg Gainey is questionable.

The Bobcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 8-20-2 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Bobcats are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

In what should be a close game, I'm siding with the Mavericks. UT Arlington is not only deeper offensively, but it's covered the last six matchups between these two teams. 

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Texas-Arlington Mavericks -1.5

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