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Georgia Southern vs. Arkansas-Little Rock - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (4-12) at Georgia Southern Eagles (11-5)
Date & Time Saturday January 6, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Georgia Southern Eagles -16 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (4-12) at Georgia Southern Eagles (11-5)

We have some Sun Belt conference college basketball action on Saturday evening, as the Little Rock Trojans take on the Georgia Southern Eagles.

The Little Rock Trojans will look to climb back to .500 in conference play after falling to 1-2 in conference with a 73-64 loss to Georgia State in their last outing. Camron Reedus led the team with 19 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 5 threes, while Jaizec Lottie added 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting with a pair of triples as the lone pair of Trojans to finish in double figures in scoring in the losing effort. Anthony Black added 7 points to match his team-high 7 assists, while Oliver Black added 6 points and 7 rebounds and Kris Bankston chipped in 8 points with a team-high 9 rebounds in the loss. Ryan Pippins added 3 steals as well for the Trojans. Andre Jones leads the Trojans in scoring with an average of 10.9 points per game, while Black leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game and Lottie leads the team in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Little Rock is scoring 63.1 points per game on 42.1% shooting from the field, 29.5% from behind the arc and 62.4% from the foul line this season.

The Georgia Southern Eagles will look to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 7 games, including an 80-49 rout of Arkansas State in their last outing to improve to 2-1 in conference play. Tookie Brown led the team with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 6 rebounds, a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals in the winning effort. Montae Glenn and Quan Jackson each added 14 points to round out the scoring in double digits for the Eagles, with Glenn chipping in 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double, while Jackson added a pair of steals. Mike Hughes and Ike Smith each added 6 rebounds apiece as well in the winning effort for Georgia Southern. Brown leads the team with an average of 18.4 points and 4.5 assists per game while Glenn leads the team in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia Southern is scoring 78.4 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 33.4% from behind the 3-point line and 64.9% from the foul line this season.

Little Rock is 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss while the under is 12-5 in their last 17 games overall. Georgia Southern is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 conference matchups. The road team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

Georgia Southern is the better team here, and took it to an Arkansas State team that I feel is better than Little Rock who have taken a major step back from years past. The line is a little bit thicker than I’d like, but the Trojans haven’t really shown anything to convince me that they’ll hang around here so I’ll back the Eagles here.

Georgia Southern -16

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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