SBC foes will collide when the Georgia State Panthers (16-9, 9-5 SBC) challenge the Appalachian State Mountaineers (14-11, 8-6 SBC) at GSU Sports Arena. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Appalachian State Mountaineers at Georgia State Panthers Odds Preview
The last time the Mountaineers played, they edged the Texas State Bobcats, 60-57. O’Showen Williams was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on 6-for-15 shooting. The Mountaineers had a much better free throw rate (0.260 vs. 0.018) and held the Bobcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.1 (below their season average of 29.6).
The Panthers come in on a high note after defeating the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in their last outing, 77-69. Georgia State received a boost from Kane Williams, who led the team in scoring with 19 points on 3-for-10 shooting. Georgia State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.386 (above their season average of 0.219) and a turnover percentage of 13.9 (better than their season average of 16.5). Louisiana-Monroe was 0.304 and 17.2, respectively, for those same stats.
These two teams have already met once this season. The Panthers won 69-60. Georgia State had a better effective field goal percentage (0.492 vs. 0.397). Appalachian State, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (37.0 vs. 22.2). Adrian Delph had a double-double in the loss with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
It will be a showdown of conflicting paces as the up-tempo Panthers (ranked 29th in the country in possessions per game) will look to push the more methodical Mountaineers (257th in possessions per game).
Appalachian State vs. Georgia State Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Georgia State, ATS Winner – Georgia State, O/U – Over
The Mountaineers average 36.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 128th in the country. The Panthers rank 244th in rebounds allowed per game (37.7).
Appalachian State ranks 29th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while Georgia State ranks 136th (3.8).
Georgia State averages 14.7 assists per game, which ranks 56th in the NCAA. Appalachian State ranks 194th in assists allowed per game (13.7).
The Panthers average 23.4 three pointers per game, which ranks 102nd in the country. The Mountaineers rank 228th in three pointers allowed per game (23.7).
Georgia State ranks 23rd in steals per game (8.4) while Appalachian State ranks 147th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.6, down from 7.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mountaineers have scored an average of 70.4 points per game (1.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 64.4 points per game (2.0 below their season average).