Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Troy Trojans - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Troy Trojans (9-15) at Georgia Southern Eagles (18-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Hanner Fieldhouse)
The Line: Georgia Southern Eagles -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Troy Trojans will travel to the W. S. Hanner Fieldhouse to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Troy Trojans dropped to 9-15 (4-11 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, 84-80 (OT), this past Saturday. Troy shot 62.0% from the field and 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Trojans was Chris Bilbo who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. Troy is ranked 316th in the RPI Standings and has played the 320th ranked SOS. On the season, the Trojans have been led by Musa Abjul-Aleem (15.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 spg) and Wesley Person Jr. (14.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 apg). Troy is averaging 66.9 ppg (ranked 187th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 232nd). The Trojans average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 127th) on 33.7% three-point shooting (ranked 197th). Troy is holding their opponents to an average of 68.8 ppg (ranked 246th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 207th). The Trojans are committing 15.9 personal fouls per game (ranked 34th) and holding teams to 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 57th).
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The Georgia Southern Eagles improved to 18-5 (11-3 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, 72-70 (OT), this past Saturday. Georgia Southern shot 50.0% from the field and 40.9% (9-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Jelani Hewitt who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Georgia Southern is ranked 108th in the RPI Standings and has played the 301st ranked SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Jelani Hewitt (18.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 spg) and Trent Wiedeman (12.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg). Georgia Southern is averaging 70.6 ppg (ranked 96th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 205th). The Eagles are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 40th) and have a turnover margin of 2.1 (ranked 53rd). Georgia Southern is holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg (ranked 39th) on 38.8% shooting (ranked 26th). The Eagles are pulling down 38.3 total rpg (ranked 27th) and have a rebound margin of 3.2 (ranked 87th).
The Trojans are 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss. The Eagles are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
It's hard to shoot over 60.0% from the field and still lose the game, but this is what happened to Troy in their recent loss which put them just 2-7 in their last 9 games. Georgia Southern had a scare against Arkansas-Little Rock but was able to pull out to victory although they committed 20 turnovers in the match-up. Troy was able to put up points against the normally tough Eagle defensive and pulled off a surprising 75-71 win at home just about a month ago. Georgia Southern has looked a little a bit more vulnerable as of late and although Troy has lost 7 of their last 9, none of those defeats have come by more than double-digits. I'm hoping that this trend continues and I'm going to take the double-digit points in this one. Take Troy and the points.