Against The Spread Pick
The Arkansas State Red Wolves have been one of the more surprising teams in the Sun Belt this season. They enter this game in 3rd place in the conference with an overall record of 15-7, which includes a conference record of 7-4. The Red Wolves have won their last three games in a row and four of their previous five, which includes a 78-62 road win over the Troy Trojans on Saturday. They will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers are in a three-team tie for 5th place in the Sun Belt with a conference record of 5-5 and an overall record of 11-10. They have won two of their last three, which includes a 78-58 road win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday. I look for the Arkansas State Red Wolves to come away with the win at home.
Over Under Pick
Both teams like to play on a slower than normal place, relying more on the mistakes by their opponents than offensive prowess. Appalachian State enters this game averaging 68.62 points per game, which ranks 255th in the nation. However, they are limiting opponents to 66.52 points per game. Meanwhile, Arkansas State ranks 200th in the country with 70.77 points per game. Defensively, they are one of the better teams in the Sun Belt, allowing 69.95 points per game. With both sides playing better defensively than offensively, I look for the under 137.5 points to be the play in this spot.