Texas State vs. South Alabama - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Alabama Jaguars (8-6) at Texas State Bobcats (8-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Strahan Coliseum)
The Line: Texas State Bobcats -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The South Alabama Jaguars and Texas State Bobcats meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Strahan Coliseum.
The South Alabama Jaguars look for a win after splitting their last six games. The South Alabama Jaguars are averaging 66.9 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 66.5 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Rodrick Sikes is averaging 18.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while Josh Ajayi is averaging 12.2 points and 1.1 assists. Jordan Andrews is the third double-digit scorer and Herb McGee is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The South Alabama Jaguars are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. The South Alabama Jaguars are allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The South Alabama Jaguars have lost eight straight road games.
USA TODAY Sports
The Texas State Bobcats look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Texas State Bobcats are averaging 66.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Nijal Pearson is averaging 14.6 points and 1.8 assists while Immanuel King is averaging 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Tyler Blount is dishing 1.3 assists and Alex Peacock is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Texas State Bobcats are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Texas State Bobcats are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Texas State Bobcats have won four straight home games.
The Jaguars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bobcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Sun Belt and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jaguars are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The South Alabama Jaguars are a really good defnsive team, but the problem is they can't score, which doesn't help them when playing on the road. Texas State has some of the same issues, but the Bobcats have allowed 68 or less points in nine straight games, and that defensive pressure helps at home. This is going to be a very low scoring game and painful to watch, but Texas State should be able to cover the reasonable number on its home court.