Georgia Southern vs. Appalachian State - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Appalachian State (14-12) at Georgia Southern (16-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (W.S. Hanner Fieldhouse)
The Line: Georgia Southern -5 -- Over/Under: 140.5
The Appalachian State Mountaineers (14-12, CONF 8-7) and Georgia Southern Eagles (16-10, CONF 10-5) face off in a Sun Belt showdown at Hanner Fieldhouse. They faced off in early January with the Mountaineers winning by two games.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are a typical middle of the road, mid-major team. Each of the last three games the Mountaineers were underdogs, and they came away with wins in two of the games. The Mountaineers are averaging only 67 points per game, so when they have the most success it’s because their defense is stepping up.
Away from home, Appalachian State is giving up 70.6 points so the first focus should be on defense.
In the Mountaineers victory over the Eagles earlier this season, Justin Forrest put up 25 points, and he is going to be a key again.
For the Eagles, they come into this game hot having won three games in a row and they covered the spread in two of those.
Georgia Southern is an elite offense especially at home averaging 76.7 points per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field. At home this season the Eagles are 10-2 straight up, and in this game, it’s going to be important they try to push the pace.
The Mountaineers are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Eagles are 7-3-3 against the spread in their last 13 home games. The over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings played between the two teams.
The Mountaineers found enough offense the first time these two teams faced off, and the offense is going to find success in this game. Appalachian State’s offense might not be enough to come away with a win, but they will find a way to cover the spread. It's also a lean to the over with both teams putting up plenty of points.