Appalachian State vs. UT-Arlington - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UT-Arlington Mavericks (9-5) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm (Holmes Convocation Center)
The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UT-Arlington Mavericks will travel to the Holmes Convocation Center to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The UT-Arlington Mavericks dropped to 9-5 (0-1 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 90-65, this past Friday. UT-Arlington came out flat in their conference opener and couldn’t fight back after Coastal Carolina took a 69-53 lead with 8:28 left in regulation. UT-Arlington struggled offensively in the loss as the Mavericks shot just 37.9% from the field and 22.7% (5-22) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Kaelon Wilson who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, UT-Arlington is averaging 77.6 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Mavericks are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UT-Arlington has been led by Kevin Hervey (22.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.7 spg), Erick Neal (12.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 8.8 apg, 2.0 spg), Johnny Hamilton (11.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg), and Kaelon Wilson (11.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, UT-Arlington is allowing their opponents to an average of 71.2 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
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The Appalachian State Mountaineers snapped their 4-game losing streak and improved to 6-8 (1-0 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Texas State Bobcats, 66-62, this past Friday. Appalachian State was down by a 52-43 margin midway through the 2nd half however, was outstanding defensively down the stretch and pulled off the come from behind victory after finishing the final 5:48 regulation on a 14-6 run. Appalachian State shot 37.0% from the field and 35.5% (11-31) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Ronshad Shabazz who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Appalachian State is averaging 82.1 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Appalachian State has been led by Ronshad Shabazz (20.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Justin Forrest (15.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Griffin Kinney (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Isaac Johnson (7.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Appalachian State is allowing their opponents to average 75.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of -0.9.
The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mountaineers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games however, just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Sun Belt opponents.
UT-Arlington has lost 4 of their last 6 games, however, the Mavericks are still one of the best teams in the Sun Belt and have been solid on both sides of the ball as they rank 119th in scoring offense, 160th in scoring defense, and 65th in defensive FG%. Appalachian State has some great offensive firepower as the Mountaineers rank 49th in scoring offense and 32nd in three-pointers made per game, however, the Mountaineers have struggled defensively as they rank just 254th in scoring defense. UT-Arlington is a much better team that what we saw on Friday night and as I think Kevin Harvey and Erick Neal will be too much on the offensive end for Appalachian State, I see the Mavericks bouncing back big and that UT-Arlington covers this road spread. Take UT-Arlington to cover.