Georgia State vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (6-9) at Georgia State Panthers (10-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm (GSU Sports Arena)
The Line: Georgia State Panthers -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks will travel to GSU Sports Arena to take on the Georgia State Panthers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-9 (2-2 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, 58-57, this past Saturday. Louisiana Monroe made a late run after being down 58-53 with just more than a minute left the play but couldn’t pull off the comeback victory. Louisiana Monroe shot 44.0% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc. The Warhawks held the Trojans to 43.4% shooting from the field and 34.8% (8-23) from three-point range. Leading the way for Louisiana Monroe was Majok Deng who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Majok Deng (19.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 bpg), Justin Roberson (10.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg), and Travis Munnings (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, Louisiana Monroe is averaging 70.5 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field and 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Warhawks average 5.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.97. Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is holding their opponents to an average of 69.5 ppg on 39.9% shooting. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of -2.5.
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The Georgia State Panthers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-3 (3-1 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the South Alabama Jaguars, 70-55, this past Saturday. Georgia State was able to build a 38-28 lead at halftime and never let the Jaguars within 9 points of the lead in the 2nd half. Georgia State shot just 37.7% from the field but did hit 36.4% of their three-pointers and 81.5% of their FT’s. The Panthers held the Jaguars to 39.6 % and forced South Alabama into committing 16 turnovers. Leading the way for Georgia State was Kevin Ware who had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Jeremy Hollowell (15.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Kevin Ware (13.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg), and Markus Crider (8.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Georgia State is averaging 67.0 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field and 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers average 5.1 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.09. Defensively, Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 60.6 ppg on 38.9% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -3.4 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Warhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Sun Belt opponents and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Panthers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Louisiana Monroe has lost 4 of their last 5 games but has been very competitive in Sub Belt play losing to the conference leaders (Arkansas State, Arkansas-Little Rock) by a combined 4 points. Georgia State no longer has R.J. Hunter or Ryan Harrow, but has been getting it done with a strong defense that ranked 9th in the country in scoring defense. Louisiana Monroe’s defense isn’t as strong as it was last year but they are still a solid team and I think they will be able to keep this one within the number. Take Louisiana Monroe and the points.