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Georgia State vs. Baylor - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia State Panthers (24-9) at Baylor Bears (24-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena)

The Line: Baylor Bears -9 -- Over/Under: 127 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Georgia State Panthers and Baylor Bears meet Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.

The Georgia State Panthers won the Sun Belt and have won five straight games. On the season, GSU is averaging 70.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 38.2 percent shooting. R.J. Hunter is averaging 19.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while Ryan Harrow is averaging 18.7 points and 3.7 assists. Markus Crider is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Kevin Ware is dishing 2.4 assists. The Georgia State Panthers have four players averaging at least 7.7 points, and they’re shooting 72.7 percent from the line and 33.1 percent from deep. Defensively, GSU is allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.

Georgia State vs. Baylor - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Baylor Bears were the fourth-best Big 12 team and have won six of their last eight. On the season, Baylor is averaging 69.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 60.3 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Taurean Prince is averaging 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds while Rico Gathers is averaging 11.7 points and 11.6 rebounds. Kenny Chery is dishing four assists and Royce O'Neale is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Baylor Bears have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 67 percent from the line and 37.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Baylor is allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in five of its last eight games.

The Panthers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Bears are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Baylor is going to win the game, but Georgia State is an experienced team with a couple of players who have played on big time programs. The Panthers should be able to keep this one close. 

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Georgia State Panthers +9

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