Texas State Bobcats vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars - 11/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (2-0) at Texas State Bobcats (1-1)
College Basketball: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Texas State Bobcats TBA -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Tuesday evening from the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, we’ve got college basketball action coming between the SIU Edwardsville Cougars and the Texas State Bobcats.
SIU Edwardsville comes into this one with a 2-0 record, following a tight opening win over Hawaii in the opener 69-68, and a 77-68 win over Florida Atlantic in the second game. In that FAU game, the Cougars’ Carlos Anderson led the way in scoring with 15 points, two assists and two rebounds.
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On the year so far, Tre Harris is SIU Edwardsville’s leading scorer with an 11.5 PPG average alongside 6.5 RPG. Anderson is averaging 11 points through two games, and also pulling down 3.5 rebounds. Burak Eslik is also in double-figures for the Cougars with 10.5 PPG and 1.5 RPG.
Over on the Texas State side, they’re entering play here with a 1-1 record so far. The Bobcats win their first game 61-57 over Florida Atlantic, but dropped their second outing 74-68 to Hawaii. Texas State outscored Hawaii 38-26 in the first half, but hit the skids in the second, losing 48-30 in that half.
Leading the scoring for Texas State so far is Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, who is averaging 18.5 PPG with 6.0 RPG and 1.5 APG. Nijal Pearson is also playing well in the early-going for the Bobcats, averaging 16 PPG, four RPG and 2.5 APG alongside 1.5 steals. Gilder-Tilbury and Pearson are the only Texas State players averaging in double-figures so far.
SIU Edwardsville is 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up win. SIU Edwardsville is also 9-2 TAS in their last 11 games following an ATS win, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Meanwhile, Texas State is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall, and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 neutral-site games. Texas State is also 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games following an ATS loss, and 1-5 ATS in their last six Monday games.
Texas State looked really solid in the first half of that Hawaii game, but for some reason hit the wall in the second half with a pretty limp effort. Some credit goes to Hawaii, but Texas State does need to find a third (and fourth) scorer if they’re going to remain consistent. Until I see evidence of that, I’ll stick with SIU Edwardsville here. Give me the Cougars if the line doesn't end up being too bad.