Troy vs. Georgia State - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia State Panthers (9-5) at Troy Trojans (6-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm (Trojan Arena)
The Line: Troy Trojans 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Georgia State Panthers will travel to Trojan Arena to take on the Troy Trojans this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Georgia State Panthers had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-5 (0-1 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the South Alabama Jaguars, 86-64, this past Friday. Georgia State had no answers for the South Alabama offense and couldn’t fight back after the Jaguars took a 59-35 lead with 11:29 left in regulation. Georgia State allowed South Alabama to shoot 52.7% from the field and 50.0% (12-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was D’Marcus Simonds who had 27 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Georgia State is averaging 72.7 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia State has been led by D’Marcus Simonds (21.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.9 bpg), Devin Mitchell (11.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), Malik Benlevi (10.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.9 spg), and Jeff Thomas (8.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 apg). Defensively, Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -3.4 and a turnover margin of 5.1.
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The Troy Trojans dropped to 6-8 (0-1 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Georgia Southern Eagles, 86-80, this past Friday. Troy went into halftime with a 45-41 lead however, couldn’t fight back after the Eagles used a 12-5 run to take a 75-66 lead with just 1:49 left in regulation. Troy allowed Georgia Southern to shoot 46.7% from the field and was outrebounded by the Eagles by a 43-27 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Trojans was Wesley Person who had 29 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Troy is averaging 78.3 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Troy has been led by Wesley Person (22.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), Jordon Varnado (18.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), Alex Hicks (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.9 bpg), and B.J. Miller (7.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg). Defensively, Troy is allowing their opponents to average 74.5 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Sun Belt opponents however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Georgia State had an uncharacteristically bad defensive game against South Alabama as the Panthers have been solid on the defensive end this season ranking 45th in scoring defense and 47th in defensive FG%. Troy has lost 5 of their last 6 games and has struggled defensively this season as the Trojans rank 234th in scoring defense, 197th in defensive FG%, and 260th in steals per game. Troy has a great duo in Wesley Person and Jordon Varnado, however, I think the Georgia State defense gets back on the track against a Trojan team that ranks just 153rd in FG% and 176th in 3P-FG% and that the Panthers do enough to win this one on the road.