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Georgia Southern vs. Troy - 2/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Troy at Georgia Southern
Date & Time Friday February 15, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
W.S. Hanner Fieldhouse
Statesboro, Georgia
The Line
The Line: Georgia Southern -8.5 -- Over/Under: 162
TV Channel
ESPN2
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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Troy Trojans and Georgia Southern Eagles meet Friday in college basketball action at the W.S. Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Troy Trojans could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Troy Trojans are averaging 74.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 78.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Jordon Varnado is averaging 21.5 points and 2.5 assists while Alex Hicks is averaging 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. Javan Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and B.J. Miller is dishing 2.8 assists. The Troy Trojans are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Troy Trojans are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Troy Trojans have lost their last four road games.

The Georgia Southern Eagles could also use a win after splitting their last six games. The Georgia Southern Eagles are averaging 80.6 points on 49.3 percent shooting and allowing 79.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Tookie Brown is averaging 17.5 points and 5.1 assists while Quan Jackson is averaging 16.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. Ike Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Crawley is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Georgia Southern Eagles are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Georgia Southern Eagles are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Georgia Southern Eagles have won five of their last seven home games.

The Trojans are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Sun Belt, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 7-19-2 ATS in their last 28 games following a ATS win and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-1-1 in Eagles last 7 home games. The over is 4-1 in Trojans last 5 overall.

The Troy Trojans are 6-3 ATS as an underdog this season and five of their eight covers overall have come on the road. With that said, Troy has really struggled on the defensive end during this losing stretch, and they're losing by nearly seven points in their last five games. The Georgia Southern Eagles aren't the team you want to face when having defensive issues, especially now when they're shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from deep in their last five games. This has the potential to be a home beatdown for Georgia Southern. I'll lay the chalk.

Pick:
Georgia Southern -8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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