Appalachian State vs. Texas State - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Appalachian State vs. Texas State - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Texas State Bobcats (15-9) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (13-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Holmes Convocation Center)

The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers +2 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas State Bobcats will travel to the Holmes Convocation Center to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Texas State Bobcats won their 3rd straight game and improved to 15-9 (8-5 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 100-63, this past Thursday night. Texas State dominated Coastal Carolina on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 65-33 lead with 14:41 left in regulation. Texas State shot 62.5% from the field while holding Coastal Carolina to just 37.5% shooting from the field and 19.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Nijal Pearson who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

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On the season, Texas State is averaging 73.2 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas State has been led by Nijal Pearson (19.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Mason Harrell (9.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 spg), and Isiah Small (8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Texas State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.6 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 4.0.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers improved to 13-11 (7-6 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 57-50, this past Thursday. Appalachian State was outstanding defensively agianst the Mavericks and pulled away after a 6-0 run late gave the Mountaineers a 55-47 lead with about 1:30 left in regulation. Appalachian State held UT-Arlington to just 36.2% shooting from the field and 8.3% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was O’Showen Williams who had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Appalachian State is averaging 69.0 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Appalachian State has been led by Justin Forrest (18.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg), O’Showen Williams (11.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg), and Isaac Johnson (10.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.7 spg).

Defensively, Appalachian State is allowing their opponents to average 66.8 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Bobcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The Mountaineers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Texas State has won 7 of their last 8 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as the Bobcats currently rank 127th in scoring offense, 92nd in FG%, and 42nd in defensive FG%.

Appalachian State has won 3 of their last 4 games and has been led by their defense which ranks 109th in scoring defense, 88th in steals per game, and 131st in defensive FG%.

Texas State is a solid team, however, their offense relies heavily on Nijal Pearson who I think might have some trouble agianst an Appalachian State team that just held UT Arlington to 50 poitns. The Mountaineers are 7-3 at home this season and as they’ve covered in their last two home games agianst Texas State, I’m taking the home team and the points in this one. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Appalachian State Mountaineers +2

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