Arkansas State vs. Appalachian State - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Appalachian State Mountaineers (11-10) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (15-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm (First National Bank Arena)
The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves -2.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Arkansas State Red Wolves meet in Sun Belt conference college basketball action from First National Bank Arena on Thursday night.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last four games following a 78-58 win over Coastal Carolina last time out. Isaac Johnson led the Mountaineers with 22 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 3 threes and a 6 rebounds while Justin Forrest added 19 points along with a team-high 4 assists. Oshowen Williams added 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 9 rebounds while Kendall Lewis added 10 points with 3 steals to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for App State in the win. Forrest leads Appalachian State in scoring and assists with an average of 18.6 points and 2.7 assists per game while Johnson leads the Mountaineers in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Appalachian State is averaging 68.6 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 30.3% from behind the arc and 66% from the foul line this season.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 78-62 win over Troy last time out. Melo Eggleston led the Red Wolves with 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Jerry Johnson Jr. added 4 threes for his 12 points. J.J. Matthews and Christian Willis each had 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Arkansas State in the win with Willis going perfect from the floor, going 4 of 4 with a triple and a couple of free throws. Marquis Eaton had 5 points but still leads A-State in scoring with an average of 11.7 points per game while Eggleston leads the Red Wolves in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game and Caleb Fields leads Arkansas State in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Arkansas State is averaging 70.8 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line this season.
Appalachian State is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Arkansas State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games against a team with losing road record. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Points with Appalachian State are tempting, and this line feels funny so maybe someone knows something. However, Arkansas State is playing some solid basketball right now, and the Red Wolves have been extremely strong at home this season, going 9-2 ATS while App State has struggled against the number lately, regardless of the venue. I’ll lay the bucket with Arkansas State here.