Georgia State Panthers vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (6-5) at Georgia State Panthers (7-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm (GSU Sports Arena)
The Line: Georgia State Panthers -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UL Monroe Warhawks will travel GSU Sports Arena to take on the Georgia State Panthers this Tuesday night.
The UL Monroe Warhawks dropped to 6-5 on the season after losing to the Samford Bulldogs 64-50 just over a week ago. The Warhawks struggled from the field as they only shot 32.2% from the field and 54.5% from the free-throw line. Leading the way for UL Monroe was Nick Coppola who had 15 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. UL Monroe is currently ranked 314th in the RPI Standings and has played the 299th ranked SOS. The Warhawks are led by Tylor Ongwae (15.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.0 apg), Nick Coppola (10.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.5 apg), and Majok Deng (7.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 bpg). Offensively, UL Monroe is averaging 68.5 ppg (ranked 173rd) on 45.1 ppg (ranked 110th). The Warhawks do a decent job on offensive creating quality shots for each other as they currently average 14.8 apg as a team (ranked 71st). Defensively, UL Monroe is currently allowing 60.7 ppg (ranked 62nd) on 36.8% shooting (ranked 20th). The Warhawks defend the three-point shot well as they are holding their opponents to just 28.2% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 25th).
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The Georgia State Panthers fell to 7-4 on the season after losing 78-61 to the Green Bay Phoenix this past Saturday. The Panthers held an 11 point lead late in the first half however, was only able to score 24 points in the second half in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was R.J. Hunter who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Georgia State is currently ranked 72nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 79th ranked SOS. The Panthers have been lead this season by R.J. Hunter (21.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.0 spg), Ryan Harrow (19.6 ppg, 5.4 apg, 1.7 spg), and Kevin Ware (6.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.1 spg). Defensively, Georgia State is allowing 64.7 ppg (ranked 149th) on 40.6% shooting (ranked 122nd). The Panthers do a good job forcing turnovers as they currently average 9.6 spg (ranked 11th). Offensively, Georgia State is averaging 72.8 ppg (ranked 79th) on 48.3% shooting (ranked 36th). The Panthers currently average 22.45 defensive rpg (ranked 271st) and 31.82 total rpg (ranked 290th).
The Warhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-1-1ATS in their last 5 games vs. the Sun Belt Conference. The Panthers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games, however are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Georgia State has a great backcourt in R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow who really know how to score the basketball. UL Monroe has struggled, however they did play Florida tough earlier in the season and do a decent job on the defensive end. Georgia State has the talent to beat anyone on any given night, however I think that is just too many points to give up. I’m taking UL Monroe and the points in this one.