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South Alabama vs. Georgia State - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia State Panthers (9-4) at South Alabama Jaguars (6-6)

College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Mitchell Center)

The Line: South Alabama Jaguars +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: http://usajaguars.com/watch/?Archive=1715&type=Archive

The Georgia State Panthers will travel to the Mitchell Center to take on the South Alabama Jaguars this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Georgia State Panthers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-4 on the season after defeating the Chattanooga Mocs, 71-48, this past Friday. Georgia State was outstanding defensively throughout the game and had no trouble picking up with win after a 14-3 run to start the 2nd half gave Georgia State a 47-18 lead with 13:53 left in regulation. Georgia State shot 60.4% from the field while holding Chattanooga to just 30.2% shooting from the field and 22.2% (6-27) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Panthers was D’Marcus Simonds who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and 3 steals. On the season, Georgia State is averaging 73.4 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia State has been led by D’Marcus Simonds (21.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.8 spg), Devin Mitchell (11.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Malik Benlevi (11.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.8 spg), and Jeff Thomas (8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -2.4 and a turnover margin of 4.8.

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South Alabama vs. Georgia State - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Alabama Jaguars dropped to 6-6 on the season after being defeated by the Tulane Green Wave, 77-73, on December 21st. South Alabama was able to fight back after trailing by a 44-33 margin at halftime to take a 69-68 lead with just 2:13 remaining, however, couldn’t hang onto the victory. South Alabama shot 39.4% from the field and 37.0% (10-27) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Rodrick Sikes who had 34 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, South Alabama is averaging 65.5 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Jaguars are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Alabama has been led by Rodrick Sikes (16.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 spg), Josh Ajayi (12.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), Herb McGee (8.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Trhae Mitchell (5.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, South Alabama is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Jaguars have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of -2.4.

The Panthers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jaguars are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Georgia State has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been led by their defense this season that ranks 29th in scoring defense, 33rd in defensive FG%, and 17th in turnover margin. South Alabama has struggled a bit on the offensive end as they rank just 332nd in scoring offense, however, the Jaguars have played well defensively as South Alabama ranks 44th in scoring defense and 47th in defensive FG%. Georgia State has played well this season however, South Alabama has played Georgia State tough at home over the past two seasons and as I think the Jaguars defense can keep this one close, I’m taking the home team and the points in this one. Take South Alabama and the points. 

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