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UTSA vs. Texas State - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas State Bobcats (6-1) at UTSA Roadrunners (2-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 1, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UTSA Roadrunners -1.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
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NCAA BB | Texas State Bobcats (6-1) at UTSA Roadrunners (2-5)
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The Texas State Bobcats and the UTSA Roadrunners meet in college basketball action from the UTSA Convocation Center on Friday night.

The Texas State Bobcats will look for another win to add to their current 4-game winning streak after a 74-60 win over Rice in their last outing. Nijal Pearson led the Bobcats with 25 points on 9 of 16 shooting with 5 threes and 5 rebounds while Eric Terry added 11 points and Tre’Larenz Nottingham added 10 points with 6 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Bobcats in the win. Alex Peacock added 9 points and a team-high 7 rebounds while Jaylen Shead added 5 points and a team-high 9 assists. Pearson leads the Bobcats in scoring with 21 points per game while Peacock leads Texas State in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game and Shead leads the Bobcats in assists with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas State is averaging 76.3 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 75.6% from the foul line this season.

The UTSA Roadrunners will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 86-82 win over Houston Baptist in their last outing. Byron Frohnen and Jhivvan Jackson tied for the team-high with 21 points each, with Frohnen shooting 10 of 12 from the floor while Jackson added an 11 of 12 mark from the foul line. Keaton Wallace added 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 4 threes and 8 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Roadrunners in the winning effort. Nick Allen added 8 points and 9 rebounds and Atem Bior added 7 points and 8 boards while Giovanni De Nicolao dished out a team-high 7 assists in the win. Wallace leads UTSA in scoring with 17.4 points per game while Frohnen leads the Roadrunners on the glass with 7.4 rebounds per game and De Nicolao leads UTSA in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, UTSA is scoring 71.4 points per game on 38.9% from the floor, 28.2% from behind the arc and 70.7% from the foul line this season.

Texas State is 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 road games and 4-0 ATS in their alst 4 games overall while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games following a win. UTSA is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games while the under is 21-7 in their last 28 games overall. Texas State is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

With this line being so low, it’s almost essentially a pick ‘em, and with that said, I’m still going to side with Texas State here. UTSA has been very tough at home dating back to last season, but the Bobcats are no strangers to getting the job done ATS on the road and are the team coming into this game in much better form. This should be a great game but I’m predicting that Texas State narrowly edges out UTSA so I’ll take the free points with the Bobcats.

Texas State +1.5

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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