Georgia State vs. South Alabama - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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South Alabama Jaguars (12-10) at Georgia State Panthers (14-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm (GSU Sports Arena)
The Line: Georgia State Panthers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The South Alabama Jaguars and the Georgia State Panthers meet in Sun Belt conference college basketball action from GSU Sports Arena on Thursday night.
The South Alabama Jaguars will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 73-71 loss to Little Rock last time out. Trhae Mitchell, Josh Ajayi and Herb McGee each had 17 points with McGee shooting 6 of 11 with 5 threes while Mitchell shot 5 of 7 with a pair of threes, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals and Ajayi shot 5 of 9 with 5 rebounds and 3 assists of his own. Chad Lott added 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for South Alabama in the losing effort. Ajayi leads South Alabama in scoring and rebounding with an average of 15.9 points and 8 rebounds per game while Mitchell leads the Jaguars in assists with 2.3 assists per game this season. As a team, South Alabama is averaging 71.4 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 32.2% from behind the 3-point line and 74.2% from the foul line this season.
The Georgia State Panthers will look to build on wins in 4 of their last 5 games after an 82-77 win over Georgia Southern in their last outing. Kane Williams led the Panthers with 15 points along with 7 rebounds while Damon Wilson and Justin Roberts each had 13 points with Roberts adding 3 threes with 5 rebounds while Wilson had a pair of threes and 4 rebounds. Corey Allen and Nelson Phillips each had 10 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for Georgia State in the win with Allen adding 7 rebounds and 3 steals while Phillips had a team-high 8 rebounds and a pair of steals. Allen leads Georgia State in scoring with an average of 14.6 points per game while Wilson leads the Panthers in rebounding with 4.9 rebounds per game and Williams leads Georgia State in assists with 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Georgia State is averaging 79.2 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 39% from behind the arc and 71.3% from the foul line this season.
South Alabama is 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Georgia State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 20-7-2 ATS in their last 29 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The home team is 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.
The points with South Alabama are tempting, but the thing is that Georgia State is simply playing the better basketball right now, and have outscored teams by 12.8 points per game in their last 5 games, 8.6 points per game in conference play and by 22.9 points per game at home this season. I just don’t know if the Jaguars have the horses to keep up with Georgia State here, so I’’ll lay the points with the Panthers in what I see being a double-digit victory.