Georgetown University Hoyas vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-1) at Georgetown University Hoyas (1-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm (McDonough Arena)
The Line: Georgetown University Hoyas -21.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over at McDonough Arena in Washington, we’ve got college basketball action coming up on Thursday between the Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Georgetown Hoyas.
Arkansas State comes into this matchup with a 1-1 record on the season, losing their opener 76-66 versus North Dakota State, and winning their second outing with a 100-57 drubbing of Central Baptist. In that game, the Red Wolves were up 56-20 at the half, and finished off with a 44-37 run to close out the win.
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So far this year, Rashad Lindsey is Arkansas State’s top scorer with 11.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG and 1.5 SPG. Connor Kern isn’t far behind on 11.0 PPG with 2.0 RPG, while Devin Carter and Donte Thomas are also averaging in double figures for the Red Wolves. Carter holds 10.5 PPG, 2.5 PPG and 1.5 APG, and Thomas sits at 10.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 8.5 APG.
Over on the Georgetown side, they’re entering play here with a 1-1 record as well this year. The Hoyas won their opener versus USC Upstate 105-60, but dropped a heartbreaker to Maryland 76-75 on Tuesday. In that one, Georgetown allowed 22 points and a pair of key free throws late to Melo Trimble, helping seal the loss.
On the season thus far, Rodney Pryor is the Hoyas’ leading scorer on 23.0 PPG with 3.5 RPG, while LJ Peak sits at 17.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 2.5 APG. Isaac Copeland and Jessie Govan are also averaging in double figures for Georgetown; Copeland holds 11.5 PPG with 8.0 RPG and Govan has 11.5 PPG with 4.5 RPG.
Arkansas State is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game. Arkansas State is also 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win.
Meanwhile, Georgetown is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games versus a team with a losing road record, and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss. Georgetown is also 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, and 0-6 ATS in their last six non-conference games.
Georgetown was up 68-59 with just 2:21 to go against Maryland, but allowed a 17-7 run to demolish their hopes of staying unbeaten. It was a real mental lapse, and one the Hoyas should easily have avoided. I think Georgetown will bounce back here and cover in an early-season test of their mettle.