Georgia State vs. South Alabama - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Alabama Jaguars (14-16) at Georgia State Panthers (20-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm (GSU Sports Arena)
The Line: Georgia State Panthers -11 -- Over/Under: 141.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some Sun Belt college basketball action on tap Saturday as the South Alabama Jaguars take on the Georgia State Panthers.
The South Alabama Jaguars need a win here to snap a 4 game losing streak after falling to Georgia Southern in their last outing by a final score of 81-74. Rodrick Nikes led South Alabama with 23 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 3 triples while Herb McGee added 14 points and a share of the team lead with 5 assists as the only other Jaguars player to score in double figures in the loss. Trhae Mitchell added 7 points with team-highs of 8 rebounds, 5 assists, a pair of blocks and a pair of steals, while Nick Davis added 8 rebounds of his own in the losing effort. Nikes leads South Alabama in scoring with 18.7 points per game while McGee leads the Jaguars with 3 assists per game and Josh Ajayi is South Alabama’s top rebounder with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, South Alabama is scoring 69.7 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 32.9% from the foul line and 69.4% from the foul line this season.
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The Georgia State Panthers also need a win here after losing 4 of their last 5 games, including an 83-70 loss to Troy in their last outing. D’Marcus Simonds led Georgia State with 27 points on 10 of 17 shooting with 3 threes while Devin Mitchell added 14 points and Jeff Thomas chipped in 10 points with 4 blocks to round out the trio of double digit scorers for GSU in the loss. Jordan Session and Malik Benlevi each added 5 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort for the Panthers. Simonds leads Georgia State with an average of 21.6 points and 4.7 assists per game while Benlevi leads the Panthers in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game this season. As a team, Georgia State is scoring 75 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 38.2% from behind the 3-point line and 66.3% from the foul line this season.
South Alabama is 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 road games. Georgia State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 home games. South Alabama is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Neither of these teams are ones you’d want to back in their current form, which is a bit surprising considering how good Georgia State has been this season. With that said, I think this is too many points to lay considering that Georgia State hasn’t been very good ATS lately, while the Jaguars have actually owned the spread in this matchup over the last couple of years, so I’ll take South Alabama and the points here.