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Georgia State vs. Georgia Southern- Sun Belt Finals - 3/15/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Southern Eagles (22-8) at Georgia State Panthers (23-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Lakefront Arena)

The Line: Georgia State Panthers -6.0 -- Over/Under See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Georgia Southern Eagles and Georgia State Panthers will face off at Lakefront Arena this Sunday afternoon in the Sun Belt Championship Final.

The Georgia Southern Eagles (22-8) used a strong defensive effort and defeated the UL-Monroe Warhawks 44-43 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the finals in the Sun Belt Tournament. The Eagles finished with a 14-6 conference record and earned the 2-seed for the conference tournament. Georgia Southern held the UL Monroe to just 30.4% shooting and forced the Warhawks into committing 13 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Trent Wiedeman who had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Georgia Southern is ranked 124th in the RPI Standings and has played the 307th ranked SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Jelani Hewitt (18.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.7 spg) and Trent Wiedeman (11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg). Georgia Southern is averaging 70.1 ppg (ranked 97th) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 226th). The Eagles average 7.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 53rd) and commit 12.1 turnovers per game (ranked 127th). Defensively, Georgia Southern is holding their opponents to an average of 61.5 ppg (ranked 54th) on 39.7% shooting (ranked 42nd). The Eagles average 7.6 spg (ranked 45th) and pull down 37.69 total rpg (ranked 36th).

Georgia State vs. Georgia Southern- Sun Belt Finals - 3/15/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Georgia State Panthers (23-9) were able to build a big lead and able to hold on for a 83-79 victory against the LA-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns and are now just one game away from punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers finished with a 15-5 conference record and earned the top seed for the conference tournament.  Georgia State was able to shoot 48.2% from the field and 81.3% (26-32) from the free-throw line in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was R.J. Hunter who had 32 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 steals. Georgia State is ranked 69th in the RPI standings and has played the 170th ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Ryan Harrow (20.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 spg) and R. J. Hunter (19.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.0 spg). Georgia State is averaging 72.7 ppg (ranked 49th) on 48.4% shooting (ranked 14th). The Panthers have a 1.32 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 32nd) and commit just 10.6 turnovers per game (ranked 26th). Defensively, Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.5 ppg (ranked 74th) on 38.2% shooting (ranked 8th). The Panthers average 8.9 spg (ranked 6th) and are holding teams to 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 89th).

The Eagles are 10-0-1 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss. The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Georgia State and Georgia Southern split their regular season series as the Georgia State lost 58-54 at Georgia Southern and won 72-55 at Home. At the beginning of the season, these teams were predicted to finish at the opposite ends of the conference as Georgia State came into the season the Sun Belt favorite while Georgia Southern was predicted to struggle in their first year as a member of the Sun Belt. Georgia State has one of the best back courts in the country with Ryan Harrow and R. J. Hunter and have a solid defensive to go along with a very efficient offensive. Georgia Southern can struggle at times on offensive however, have one of the best defensives that can really lock you down. This should be a good game, however, I think Georgia State just too good on both ends and not only will they win this game, they’ll be a popular upset pick in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament. I see Georgia State pulling away in the second half of this one and covering. 

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