Against the Spread Pick
The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans have won seven games in a row and 13 of their last 15 heading into Thursday’s date with the Texas State Bobcats. Expect for the first two games of the season, the Trojans have not won fewer than two straight before losing again. In other words, when they’re hot…they’re hot. And they are certainly hot right now. Markquis Nowell leads four players in double-figures at 17.5 ppg. The Bobcats are coming off a road setback against Appalachian State this past weekend. They lost the previous meeting between these two Sun Belt Conference rivals 72-68 on Jan. 2. The Trojans are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven overall, 4-1 ATS in their last five on the road, and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 against opponents with winning records. Texas State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 at home, 1-5 ATS in its last six against opponents with winning percentages over .600, and 4-10 ATS in its last 14 following a loss.
Over Under Pick
Little Rock, which plays at warp speed, is shooting 47.0 percent from the floor, 71.4 percent from the free-throw line, and 35.1 percent from deep. This team has reached the 90-point mark in three consecutive contests. The over is 5-0 in the Trojans’ last five overall, 6-2 in their last eight against opponents with winning records, and 5-0 in their last five following a win. It is also 4-0 in the Bobcats’ last four against opponents with winning percentages over .600 and 5-1 in their last six following a loss. Go with the OVER.