Arkansas State Red Wolves vs. Texas-Arlington Mavericks - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas-Arlington Mavericks (15-11) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (10-15)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:30 pm (ASU Convocation Center)
The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UT-Arlington Mavericks will travel to the ASU Convocation Center to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The UT-Arlington Mavericks dropped to 15-11 (9-7 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, 81-70, this past Saturday. UT-Arlington shot 33.8% from the field and 21.7% (5-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Jamel Outler who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 steals. UT-Arlington is ranked 161st in the RPI Standings and has played the 188th ranked SOS. On the season, the Mavericks have been led by Lonnie McClanahan (11.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg) and Greg Gainey (10.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.6 bpg). UT-Arlington is averaging 72.0 ppg (ranked 65th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 168th). The Mavericks average 6.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 129th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.92 (ranked 230th). UT-Arlington is holding their opponents to an average of 70.6 ppg (ranked 281st) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 75th). The Mavericks average 6.9 spg (ranked 99th) and are holding teams to 31.4% three-point shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 52nd).
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The Arkansas State Red Wolves improved to 10-15 (5-11 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the UL Monroe Warhawks, 70-68, this past Saturday. Arkansas State shot 45.3% from the field and 33.3% (6-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Wolves was Frederic Dure who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Arkansas State is ranked 257th in the RPI Standings and has played the 237th ranked SOS. On the season, the Red Wolves have been led by Anthony Livingston (14.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.1 bpg) and Cameron Golden (14.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg). Arkansas State is averaging 63.8 ppg (ranked 264th) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 291st). The Red Wolves average 5.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 214th) and shoot 70.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 136th). Arkansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg (ranked 232nd on 42.1% shooting (ranked 138th). The Red Wolves pull down 35.36 total rpg (ranked 126th) and commit 16.8 personal fouls per game (ranked 66th).
The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss. The Red Wolves are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. the Sun Belt and 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall.
UT-Arlington dropped a tough one at home against the Ragin' Cajuns but have won 3 of their last 5 games. Arkansas State snapped a 5 game losing streak with an impressive win over a very talented UL Monroe team. UT-Arlington is a strong offensive team who easily handled Arkansas St. at home earlier in this season. Although I'm tempted to take the Red Wolves after their recent victory, I think UT-Arlington is the better team in this one and will cover this small road spread.