SBC foes will battle when the Texas State Bobcats (8-7, 1-3 SBC) go head-to-head with the Troy Trojans (5-10, 1-3 SBC) at Strahan Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, January 6, 2020.
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The Trojans were beaten by the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in their last game, 79-62. Troy’s Darian Adams finished with 15 points and six rebounds in the game. Louisiana had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.5 (above their season average of 27.2). Troy, on the other hand, forced the Ragin’ Cajuns into a turnover percentage of 23.9 (above their season average of 17.2).
In the Bobcats’ last game, they defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 70-67. With 23 points on 6-for-12 shooting, Nijal Pearson was the game’s high scorer. The Bobcats held the Red Wolves to an effective field goal percentage of 0.385 (below their season average of 0.491) and had a free throw rate of 0.644 (above their season average of 0.279).
The aggressive Texas State offense could be getting to the foul line a lot in this battle. The Bobcats currently rank 15th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.299, while Troy ranks 286th in FTA rate allowed (0.259).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Bobcats won the lone contest last season, 58-44. The Bobcats played a flawless game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.298 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.1. For those same stats, the Trojans put up marks of 0.100 and 14.3, respectively.
Troy Trojans vs. Texas State Bobcats ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Texas State, ATS Winner – Texas State, O/U – Over
Texas State averages 6.9 steals per game, which ranks 97th in the country. Troy ranks 125th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
The Bobcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.2, down from 8.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Trojans have scored an average of 69.4 points per game (0.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 74.2 points per game (3.7 above their season average).