Georgia Southern vs. Georgia State - 2/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia State Panthers (19-7) at Georgia Southern Eagles (16-10)
College Basketball: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Hanner Fieldhouse)
The Line: Georgia Southern Eagles +1 -- Over/Under: 140.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some Sun Belt conference action on the hardwood Friday night, as the Georgia State Panthers battle the Georgia Southern Eagles in a college basketball matchup.
The Georgia State Panthers will be looking to bounce back after having their 10 game winning streak snapped thanks to a 90-82 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe in their last outing. D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 39 points on 15 of 27 shooting with 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the double-double while Jordan Session added 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double of his own. Malik Benlevi chipped in 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals, while Isaiah Williams added 10 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for the Panthers in the losing effort. Simonds leads Georgia State with an average of 21.6 points and 4.8 assists per game while Benlevi leads the Panthers on the glass with 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia State is scoring 74.7 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the arc and 67.5% from the foul line this season.
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The Georgia Southern Eagles could use a win here to snap a 3 game losing streak following a 102-91 loss to Louisiana in their last outing. Tookie Brown led the Eagles with 29 points on 9 of 14 shooting with an 8 of 11 mark from the foul line and a team-high 4 assists while Ike Smith came right behind in 2nd with 25 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 3 triples and an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line along with 4 blocks. David-Lee Jones Jr. added 11 points while Quan Jackson chipped in 10 points with 4 steals to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for the Eagles in the loss. Montae Glenn also added a team-high 7 rebounds in the losing effort for Georgia Southern as well. Brown leads the Eagles with an average of 19 points and 4.2 assists per game while Glenn is Georgia Southern’s top rebounder with 8.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia Southern is scoring 76 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 33.6% from behind the arc and 66.4% from the foul line this season.
Georgia State is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 conference matchups and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Georgia Southern is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. Georgia State is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings at Georgia Southern.
Georgia State may not have had any luck ATS on the road in this matchup over the years, but I think they’re the better team here and are in much better form despite having their winning streak snapped. Not to mention the Panthers are 9-2 ATS on the road this season, and with this line almost being a pick ‘em, I have to side with the Panthers to get the job done on the road.