Texas State vs. Georgia State - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Georgia State Panthers (18-10) at Texas State Bobcats (18-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Strahan Coliseum)

The Line: Texas State Bobcats -5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Georgia State Panthers will travel to Strahan Coliseum to take on the Texas State Bobcats this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Georgia State Panthers had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 18-10 (11-6 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the UT Arlington Mavericks, 70-62, this past Thursday. Georgia State held a 44-30 lead early in the 2nd half, however, struggled defensively down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after the Mavericks took a 63-58 lead with 3:59 left in regulation. Georgia State shot just 35.3% from the field and 24.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Kane Williams who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

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On the season, Georgia State is averaging 78.6 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia State has been led by Corey Allen (14.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Kane Williams (14.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Justin Roberts (13.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg).

Defensively, Georgia State is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 39.6% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Texas State Bobcats won their 3rd straight game and improved to 18-10 (11-6 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Georgia Southern Eagles, 70-55, this past Thursday night. Texas State dominated the Eagles on both ends of the court from the start and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 42-20 lead at halftime. Texas State shot 52.7% from the field while holding Georgia Southern to just 14.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Nijal Pearson who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block.

On the season, Texas State is averaging 72.4 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 5.4 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas State has been led by Nijal Pearson (19.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Mason Harrell (9.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), Alonzo Sule (8.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg).

Defensively, Texas State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 3.6.

The Panthers are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Texas State. The Bobcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games against Georgia State and 6-7-1 ATS at home on the season.

Texas State is a talented team that has a 13-3 record at home this season, however, I don’t love this match-up for the Bobcats as the Panthers have an explosive offense with multiple players able to do damage. Georgia State was able to put up 81 points agianst the Bobcats earlier this season and although I don’t expect the Panthers to put up that many in this one, I just don’t see how Texas State will be able to keep up with them with really only one scoring threat in Nijal Pearson. I’m taking Georgia State with the points and might even put something small on the M/L for the Panthers. Good Luck.  

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