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Indiana State vs. North Texas - 12/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Texas Mean Green (8-1) at Indiana State Sycamores (5-1)
Date & Time Wednesday December 5, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Indiana State Sycamores -3 -- Over/Under: 132
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NCAA BB | North Texas Mean Green (8-1) at Indiana State Sycamores (5-1)
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The North Texas Mean Green and the Indiana State Sycamores meet in college basketball action from the Hulman Center on Wednesday night.

The North Texas Mean Green will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season coming in the form of a 73-57 loss to Oklahoma in their last outing. Ryan Woolridge led the Mean Green with 17 points on 6 of 15 shooting while Roosevelt Smart added 13 points with 3 triples as the only other North Texas player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Zachary Simmons chipped in 4 points and a game-high 12 rebounds while Umoja Gibson added 5 points and 4 steals. Gibson still leads North Texas in scoring with 14.8 points per game while Simmons leads the Mean Green on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game and Ryan Woolridge leads North Texas with 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, North Texas is averaging 78.2 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 40.2% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

The Indiana State Sycamores will be looking to build on a 5-game winning streak after a 69-63 win over Wright State in their last outing. Jordan Barnes led the Sycamores with 24 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 5 threes while Tyreke Key came 2nd with 17 points along with 7 rebounds. Devin Thomas added 10 points to round out the trio of Indiana State double-digit scorers in the win, while Emondre Rickman added 5 points and 3 blocks. Barnes leads Indiana State in scoring with an average of 21 points per game while Key leads the Sycamores in rebounding and assists with 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Indiana State is averaging 74.2 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 50% from behind the arc and 67.8% from the foul line this season.

North Texas is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record. Indiana State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 19-8-1 in their last 28 home games. North Texas is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

It’s tempting to take the points with North Texas as a loss to Oklahoma is really nothing to sneeze at and can only make you stronger as the season goes on. However, a lot of times after your first loss, there’s a hangover for at least a game, and Indiana State is on fire right now winning their last 5 games. I think Indiana State can capitalize on a North Texas squad that may not have their minds back on track for this game, so I’ll lay the bucket with Indiana State here.

Indiana State -3

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