Texas State Bobcats (12-4) vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves (12-4)
January 22, 2022 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves 0 / Texas State Bobcats 0 ; Over/Under: 139
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The Texas State Bobcats will travel to First National Arena to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Texas State Bobcats won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-4 on the season after defeating the Little Rock Trojans, 69-59, this past Thursday. Texas State was outstanding in the 1st half against Little Rock and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 43-24 lead. Texas State shot 47.2% from the field & 16.7% from beyond the arc while allowing Little Rock to shoot 36.2% from the field & 40.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Caleb Asberry who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 steal.
On the season, Texas State is averaging 73.6 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas State has been led by Caleb Asberry (14.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Isiah Small (11.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Mason Harrell (10.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.7 apg), & Shelby Adams (9.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Texas State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.2 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 5.8 and a turnover margin of 2.8.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-4 on the season after defeating the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 75-70, this past Thursday. Arkansas State trailed by a 35-26 margin at halftime, however, the Red Wolves offense was outstanding in the 2nd half and was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 66-59 lead with 2:32 left in regulation. Arkansas State shot 49.1% from the field & 35.3% from beyond the arc while allowing UT-Arlington to shoot 46.4% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Red Wolves was Norchad Omier who had a double-double with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 steals.
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On the season, Arkansas State is averaging 75.5 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Red Wolves are averaging 5.4 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arkansas State has been led by Norchad Omier (16.7 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.4 spg, 2.1 bpg), Desi Sills (13.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.9 spg), Marquis Eaton (13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 apg), & Caleb Fields (8.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Arkansas State is allowing their opponents to an average of 69.4 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Red Wolves have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The Bobcats are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. Arkansas State, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Sun Belt opponents. The Red Wolves are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games & 4-2 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Texas State has been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Bobcats come into this game ranked 144th in scoring offense, 33rd in FG%, & 44th in scoring defense. Arkansas State has been led by their offense which ranks 93rd in scoring offense & 48th in FG%, however, the defense has struggled a bit and come into this matchup ranked just 193rd in scoring defense & 196th in defensive FG%.
Texas State has been playing well at late, however, the Bobcats are just 3-3 on the road this season and I think will have their hands full with an Arkansas State offense that has been great putting points up on the scoreboard this season. Arkansas State is an impressive 8-2 at home this season and as I like how the Red Wolves looked in the 2nd half against UT-Arlington, I think Arkansas State does enough on their home court to get a victory. Take Arkansas State to cover this pick-em. Good Luck!