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Appalachian State vs. Georgia Southern - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia Southern at Appalachian State
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Holmes Convocation Center
Boone, NC
The Line
Appalachian State Mountaineers +3 -- Over/Under: 168
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Georgia Southern Eagles will travel to Holmes Convocation Center to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Georgia Southern Eagles won their 3rd straight game and improved to 17-10 (9-5 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 79-74, this past Thursday. Georgia Southern trailed by a 34-30 margin at halftime, however, had their way offensively in the 2nd half agianst the Chanticleers and was able to pull away after taking a 57-50 midway through the 2nd half. Georgia Southern shot 47.2% from the field and force Coastal Carolina to commit 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Georgia Southern is averaging 83.3 ppg on 49.9% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia Southern has been led by Tookie Brown (17.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Quan Jackson (15.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.0 spg), Isaiah Crawley (11.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg), and Montae Glenn (9.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg).

Defensively, Georgia Southern is allowing their opponents to average 76.3 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers dropped to 9-17 (4-9 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Georgia State Panthers, 80-75, this past Thursday. Appalachian State gave Georgia State all they could handle as the game was tied at 75-all with just 1:49 left in regulation, however, the Mountaineers offense struggled down the stretch and allowed Georgia State to secure the win after closing out the game on a 5-0 run. Appalachian State shot 50.0% from the field and outrebounded the Panthers by a 36-25 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Isaac Johnson who had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Appalachian State is averaging 80.8 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Appalachian State has been led by Ronshad Shabazz (18.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apg), Justin Forrest (16.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Isaac Johnson (10.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.1 apg), Tyrell Johnson (9.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg).

Defensively, Appalachian State is allowing their opponents to average 79.0 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The Eagles are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Sun Belt opponents. The Mountaineers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss.

Georgia Southern has won 4 of their last 5 games and currently rank 16th in scoring offense, 5th in FG%, and 286th in scoring defense.

Appalachian State has lost 10 of their last 14 games and come into this match-up ranked 32nd in scoring offense, 96th in FG%, and 332nd in scoring defense.

This has the makings of a high scoring game as both of these offenses like to play at a fast pace and can put up a bunch of points up on the board. Georgia State has won 2 of their last 3 games agianst Appalachian State, however, all 3 games were competitive as in those losses, the Mountaineers loss by just 2.5 ppg. Appalachian State is a solid 8-3 at home this season and as I think their offense will be able to keep this game close, I think the play in this one is to take the home team and the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Appalachian State Mountaineers +3

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