The Georgia State Panthers and the Texas State Bobcats meet in Sun Belt conference college basketball action from Strahan Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
The Georgia State Panthers will look to build after winning 3 straight and 5 of their last 6 games following a 63-58 road win over UT-Arlington in their last outing. D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 15 points with a pair of blocks while Devin Mitchell added 11 points with 3 threes and a pair of steals and Malik Benlevi added 10 points with 5 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Panthers in the win. Jeff Thomas added 8 points and a team-high 6 rebounds while Kane Williams contributed 7 points with a team-high 4 assists and 3 steals as well in the victory. Simonds leads the Panthers in scoring with 19.4 points per game while Benlevi leads Georgia State in rebounding with 5.2 rebounds per game and Williams leads the Panthers in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Georgia State is averaging 77.1 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 38.6% from 3-point range and 65.4% from the foul line this season.
The Texas State Bobcats will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 73-70 win over Georgia Southern in their last outing. Tre’Larenz Nottingham led the Bobcats with 24 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 4 threes while Eric Terry added 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 3 blocks and Alex Peacock added 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting with 3 threes and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Jaylen Shead had a team-high 7 assists while Nijal Pearson shot just 2 of 16 from the floor for 6 points with a game-high 14 rebounds. Despite the off night, Pearson still leads Texas State in scoring with 18.8 points per game while Peacock leads the Bobcats in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game and Shead leads Texas State in assists with 5.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas State is averaging 77.1 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the arc and 67.2% from the foul line this season.
Georgia State is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Texas State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. The road team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and Georgia State is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Texas State.
You could definitely make a case for both of these teams as Georgia State is heating up at just the right time, while Texas State has been hot for most of the season, and it says something about the Bobcats’ depth, winning while their leading scorer shot 2 of 16 from the floor. However, the road team has enjoyed most of the success when these two meet up, and as a matter of fact, Georgia State has won 8 of the last 10 meetings outright against the Bobcats. This should be a great game, and with the line so tight it may be best to just watch this game rather than bet, but if forced to pick I’d take Georgia State and the points here.