Texas State vs. UTSA - 11/15/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UTSA Roadrunners (1-0) at Texas State Bobcats (0-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Strahan Coliseum)
The Line: Texas State Bobcats -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UT-San Antonio Roadrunners will travel to Strahan Coliseum to take on the Texas State Bobcats this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The UT-San Antonio Roadrunners opened their 2016-17 season in winning fashion after defeating the D-II East Central Tigers, 92-59, this past Sunday. UT-San Antonio dominated in the frontcourt throughout the contest and had little trouble securing the win after taking a 45-26 halftime lead. UT-San Antonio held East Central to just 32.0% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Tigers by an impressive 51-29 margin. Leading the way for the Roadrunners was Keaton Wallace who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. Also contributing for UT-San Antonio was Jhivvan Jackson (14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and George Willborn III (14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block). UT-San Antonio finished last season with just a 14-19 overall record, however, the Roadrunners are heading in the right direction as that was a 9-win improvement from their 2015-16 season. UT-San Antonio no longer has the services of Jeff Beverly (15.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg) who took his talents to Iowa State, however the Road Runners do bring back some solid experience in Byron Frohnen (8.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Giovanni De Nicolao (8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 spg). UT-San Antonio will hope that incoming freshman Keaton Wallace and returning guard Austin Karrer (2.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg) can take on big roles in the Roadrunners offense this season.
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The Texas State Bobcats will be looking for their first win of the season after they opened up their season with a 65-57 loss against the Air Force Falcons this past Sunday. Texas State struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after they went into halftime trailing by a 33-24 margin. Texas State shot 45.5% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 20-11 margin. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Nijal Person who had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. Also contributing for the Bobcats was Immanuel King (9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Alex Peacock (4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal). Texas State finished last year with an impressive 22-14 record, however, the Bobcats look like they make regress back a bit this season as the Texas State only returns two starters in Nijal Person (13.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Immanuel King (5.6 ppg, 4. rpg, 1.1 bpg). Texas State relied on their defense last season that ranked T-16th in the country in defensive ppg (62.7 ppg), however, for the Bobcats to have success this season they’ll need to hope that returning players Marlin Davis (3.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg) and Tyler Blount (2.8 ppg) take on bigger roles in the Bobcats offense and hope that newcomers Alex Peacock, Tre Nottingham, and Eric Terry can provide instant contributions.
The Roadrunners are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
UT-San Antonio has some up and coming talent and should continue to get better, however, the Roadrunners ranked just T-314th in scoring offense last season at 66.0 ppg and without Jeff Beverly, the Roadrunners might have trouble finding offense against better teams. Similar to UT-San Antonio, Texas State’s biggest challenge will be able to score the basketball, however, the good news for the Bobcats is that they have a solid go-to option in Nijal Person who could become one of the better players in the Sun Belt this season. Texas State is a team that takes pride in their defense and as I think they’ll bring out a solid effort in their home opener, I’m taking the Bobcats to cover this spread.