UT-Arlington Mavericks (21-12) at Georgia State Panthers (23-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Lakefront Arena)
The Line: Georgia State Panthers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 147 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UT-Arlington Mavericks and Georgia State Panthers will square off at Lakefront Arena this Sunday afternoon in the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Championship.
The 4-seed UT-Arlington Mavericks improved to 21-12 (10-8 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the top-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, 71-68, yesterday afternoon. UT-Arlington was outstanding on the defensive end against the high-scoring Louisiana-Lafayette offense and held on the victory at the end when the Ragin’ Cajuns game-tying three-point attempts in the closing seconds came up short. UT-Arlington shot 45.5% from the field while holding Louisiana to 41.0% shooting from the field and 23.1% (6-26) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Kevin Hervey who had a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, UT-Arlington is averaging 78.4 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Mavericks are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UT-Arlington has been led by Kevin Hervey (21.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Erick Neal (16.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.9 apg, 2.0 spg), Kaelon Wilson (11.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Johnny Hamilton (10.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg). Defensively, UT-Arlington is allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field.
The 2-seed Georgia State Panthers improved to 23-10 (12-6 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the 3-seed Georgia Southern Eagles, 73-67, yesterday afternoon. Georgia State did a great job slowing down the Georgia Southern offense and held on late after the Panthers went into halftime with a 46-31 lead. Georgia State shot 48.9% from the field while holding Georgia Southern to just 39.6% shooting from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Eagles was Isaiah Williams who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Georgia State is averaging 75.4 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia State has been led by D’Marcus Simonds (21.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.8 spg), Devin Mitchell (12.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Jeff Thomas (10.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Malik Benlevi (9.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg). Defensively, Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.5 ppg on 39.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -2.9 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
UT-Arlington and Georgia State split their regular season series as the Panthers won by a 81-75 margin at home in late January while the Mavericks won by a 89-81 margin at home in late February.
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