Toledo Rockets vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-3) at Toledo Rockets (4-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Savage Arena)
The Line: Toledo Rockets -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arkansas State Red Wolves will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Saturday night.
Arkansas State dropped to 2-3 on the season after losing 87-46 to the Purdue Boilermakers this past Wednesday. The Red Wolves were down 52-18 at halftime and shot a disappointing 29.8% (17-57) from the field. Leading the way for Arkansas State was Nouhourn Bocoum who had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Red Wolves are led by Anthony Livingston who is averaging 18.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, and 1.2 bpg. Also contributing for Arkansas State have been Cameron Golden (14.2 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.8 spg), Sean Gardner (12.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg), and P.J. Hardwick (6.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg). Arkansas State has struggled on both ends of the floor this season. Offensively, the Red Wolves are averaging just 67.8 ppg (ranked 187th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 143rd). Defensively, Arkansas State is allowing opponents to score an average of 68.4 ppg (ranked 220th). Arkansas State will look to improve their defensive rebounding as they are grabbing only 22.2 defensive rebounds a game (ranked 270th).
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The Toledo Rockets won their second straight game to improve to 4-4 on the season after defeating the Chicago State Cougars 87-59 this past Saturday. Toledo has the offensive rolling as they shot 60.8% from the field including 50% (9-18 3PM-A) from long range. Leading the way for the Rockets was Julius Brown who had 19 points (5-7 3FG-A), 4 rebounds, and 7 assists. Toledo is expected to be the top team in the Mid-American Conference this year, however, has struggled a bit with their non-conference schedule with loses against Detroit and Oakland. On the season, Toledo have been led by Julius Brown (14.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 5.0 apg), Justin Drummond (12.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg), and J.D. Weatherspoon (12.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.4 apg). Toledo is a talented offensive team who is averaging 76.6 ppg (ranked 52nd) on 47.5% shooting (ranked 63rd). Defensively, the Rockets will look to improve as they are currently allowing 70.5 ppg (ranked 268th).
The Red Wolves are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game, however, just 1-10 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Rockets are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 non-conference games, however, just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
Toledo have seemed to find their stride a bit over the last two games and will certainly look to continue the momentum against Arkansas State. This is a lot of points to cover and the Red Wolves certainly do have a talented player in Anthony Livingston who could go off against a weak Toledo defense However, I think that Toledo’s offensive will be too much for the Red Wolves to handle and that they will win this one by at leas 15. Take the Rockets to cover.