Georgia State Panthers (11-6) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 11, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers +2 -- Over/Under:
The Georgia State Panthers and Appalachian State Mountaineers meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Holmes Convocation Center.
The Georgia State Panthers look for a big road win after winning six of their last nine games. The Georgia State Panthers are averaging 70.4 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 40.4 percent shooting. D'Marcus Simonds is averaging 21.8 points and 4.5 assists while Devin Mitchell is averaging 11.6 points and 2.3 rebounds. Malik Benlevi is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Thomas is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Georgia State Panthers are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Georgia State Panthers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.7 rebounds per game. The Georgia State Panthers have split their last eight road games.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers need a home victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are averaging 74.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Ronshad Shabazz is averaging 20.2 points and 3.4 assists while Justin Forrest is averaging 15 points and 3.2 rebounds. Griffin Kinney is dishing 1.2 assists and Tyrell Johnson is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 63.3 percent from the free throw line. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Appalachian State Mountaineers have won seven straight home games.
The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Mountaineers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Georgia State Panthers are the better team overall and are probably the right team favored. However, the Appalachian State Mountaineers are really strong at home where they've won seven straight and they've been covering machines at home and overall recently. The home team has also won each of the last six meetings between Georgia State and Appalachian State. Hard not to take the free bucket in this contest.