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#723 UTSA 141 vs.
#724 Texas State -7
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:00pm EST
Written by Doug Gilghrist



#723 University of Texas at San Antonio
#724 Texas State University


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The UTSA Roadrunners head about an hour north on I-35 to San Marcos to face off against the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday. The Roadrunners are coming off an 89-67 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Tuesday. The Bobcats are coming off their first loss in three weeks, a 68-60 loss against the Houston Cougars.

Roadrunners look to run over Bobcats

The UTSA Roadrunners have won two of their last three after losing their first five games of the season. Keaton Wallace scored a season-high 31 points, as four Roadrunners scored in double figures against the Islanders. Jhivvan Jackson, Jacob Germany, and Knox Hellums all scored 12 points apiece for the victors. Wallace was a school-record 15-15 from the foul line for the game, as the team shot 23-26 from the charity stripe for 88.5%. UTSA shot 54.5% from the floor and 46.2% from three-point range.

"We knew Keaton was ready at any moment to just pop it, so it was really, really good to see that happen," Roadrunners head coach Steve Henson said in his postgame news conference about Keaton Wallace's performance.

Jackson leads the Roadrunners with 23.9 points per game. He has three games of over 30 points for the season. Wallace is the only other UTSA player that averages in double figures. He is scoring 15.1 points per game. Byron Frohnen leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game. The Roadrunners average 71.1 points per game and shoot just 38.7% from the floor and 29.3% from three-point range.

Bobcats look to get back on winning track against Roadrunners

The Texas State Bobcats had their four-game winning streak snapped against Houston. The Bobcats were leading by one point at halftime, only to see the Cougars outscore Texas State 40-31 in the second half. Nijal Pearson led the Bobcats with 17 points. Mason Harrell had 11 points, while Alonzo Sule scored 10 points. Texas State shot just 33.9% from the floor and 25% from three-point range. They held Houston to 35.8% from the floor and 27.8% from three-point range.

Pearson and Harrell lead the way offensively for the Bobcats, averaging 18.0 and 10.2 points per game, respectively. Isiah Small leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game. As a team, Texas State shoots 46.2% from the floor and 32% from three-point range. They average 71.0 points per game for the season.

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The Bobcats have won four of their last five games and would have beaten Houston had they shot the ball a little better. Texas State is outscoring its opponents by an average of 9.5 points per game, while UTSA is being outscored on average by 7.7 points per game. UTSA is 1-8 ATS in their last nine games. They are 328th in field goal percentage and 323rd in opponents field goal percentage, so Texas State should get some good looks at the basket. All of this will lead to a fairly sizable win for the Bobcats.

Prediction: Texas State Bobcats -7.5

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Both teams rank in the bottom half of college basketball in points scored. The two teams are at the opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of pace of play. UTSA ranks 63rd with an average of 75.2 possessions per game, while Texas State is 304th with an average of 68.8 possessions per game. Even though they shot almost 55% from the floor in their last game, the Roadrunners are not a good shooting team overall. Texas State ranks 20th in the country in opponents field goal percentage and 39th in points allowed. This will be a low scoring game, so go with the under.

Prediction: Under 139

Written By Doug Gilghrist

Doug has a Journalism degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He has been a passionate sports fan, especially Pittsburgh sports, for over 40 years. In his journalistic career, Doug has covered just about every sport imaginable and is now plying his trade for us here at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt. Doug has always been fascinated by numbers, especially as they relate to sports, so writing for this website is right up his alley.