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#851 Georgia Southern 152.5 vs.
#852 Georgia State -5.5
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Georgia State Panthers will host the Georgia Southern Eagles in a Sun Belt showdown Friday night from the GSU Sports Arena. The Eagles posted a convincing 81-61 road win over UT Arlington last time out and the Panthers lost 86-76 to Texas State on Saturday. Georgia State earned an 82-77 road win over Georgia Southern in the first meeting last month.

Georgia Southern Looks to Climb Sun Belt Standings

The Georgia Southern Eagles head into this one on a winning note. They erased a two-game slide with a dominating 81-61 road win against UT Arlington on Saturday in a game that had the Eagles tagged as five-point dogs. Georgia Southern stands fifth in the Sun Belt with an 11-7 record and still has a chance to move up a few positions.

Ike Smith has cooled off, scoring 11 or fewer points in three consecutive games. The senior guard has come through with several big games this season and he has compiled an average of 14.1 PPG and 5.6 RPG. Quan Jackson has been the Eagles' best player recently and accumulated 26 points in Saturday’s victory. The senior guard has increased his season average to 13.6 PPG along with 4.4 RPG. Isaiah Crawley is also playing well and has connected on at least 50% of his field goals in six games in a row. The senior forward is posting 12.8 PPG on the season.

The Eagles are positioned 139th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and hold a 6-8 road record. Georgia Southern is averaging a terrific 75.1 points, ranking them 78th overall. They are allowing an average of 70.4 points, placing them 206th in the country.

Georgia State Falls Out of Contention for First Place

The Georgia State Panthers will be looking to avoid their third straight loss in this one. They were in the fight for first place in the Sun Belt but have dropped two straight games to fall to 11-7 in conference play, putting them in third place, 2.5 games out of first. The Panthers were four-point dogs in an 86-76 road loss to Texas State in their latest action on Saturday.

Kane Williams is hot, scoring over 20 points in his last two games. The junior guard is a complete player and is averaging 14.3 PPG and a team-leading 4.4 APG. Corey Allen collected 17 points in Saturday’s defeat. The junior guard has been inconsistent at times and enters this one averaging 14.3 PPG on 41.7% shooting. Justin Roberts is a threat from three-point range where he is shooting a very good 40% on the season. The sophomore guard owns an average of 13.3 PPG

The Panthers are placed 109th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and feature an 11-1 home record. Georgia State is averaging 78.6 points, good for 22nd in all of DI. They are conceding an average of 71.8 points, pegging them 249th overall.

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I am siding with Georgia State in this one. Georgia State is very tough to beat at home where they are sporting an 11-1 record. They usually win by solid margins as well. All but two of their conference home wins have occurred by at least six points. Georgia Southern has lost two out of their last three games overall.

Furthermore, the Eagles defense is easily solved and the Panthers continue to shine offensively. They have averaged a stellar 82 points in their last three home games. Lastly, Georgia State tallied an 82-77 road win against Georgia Southern in the first meeting and I expect a convincing home win in this one.

Prediction: Georgia State Panthers

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I anticipate plenty of points in this game. Georgia State is the highest-scoring team in the Sun Belt and the over is a common trend as a result. They feature a dazzling 37% efficiency from three-point range and also play at a faster pace. The over is a convincing 10-0-2 in the Panthers’ last 12 home games overall.

In addition, Georgia Southern’s top strength is also it's scoring. They just put up 81 points against UT Arlington and scored 77 points against Georgia State in the first meeting in a game where the over cashed. The over is 4-0 in the Panthers’ last four games following an ATS loss, and it should cash again.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Georgia State team total offered on PointsBet is worth a look. The Panthers scored 82 points in the first meeting and I expect around 80 points in this one. They are especially productive on their home court and are coming off a 50% shooting performance in their latest action.

Prediction: Georgia State Team Total Over

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I am staying with the over on the first half total. Georgia State ranks 12th in DI with an average of 37.7 points in the first half. Georgia Southern is also quite productive in the opening half where they have filed an average of 34.8 points on the season. Also, the Eagles are squandering an average of 34.2 points in the opening half this season.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.