Against The Spread Pick
The Georgia State Panthers are one of the best teams in the Sun Belt this season. They enter this game with an overall record of 14-7, which includes a conference record of 7-3, putting them in 2nd place in the conference. The Panthers have won four of their previous five games, including an 82-77 road win over Georgia Southern on Saturday. They will look to build momentum following that win when they host the South Alabama Jaguars on Thursday. Meanwhile, it has been a disappointing season for the Jaguars, who entered as one of the favorites to win the conference this year. South Alabama enters this game in 8th place in the conference with a conference record of 5-6 and an overall record of 12-10. The Jaguars have lost their last two games and three of their previous four. I look for the Panthers to win and cover the 6.5-point spread at home on Thursday.
Over Under Pick
The Panthers have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the nation this season. They enter this game averaging 79.19 points per game, which ranks 25th in college basketball. However, they have been slightly below-average defensively, allowing 70.19 points per game. Meanwhile, South Alabama enters this game averaging 71.41 per game, which ranks 172nd in the country. They do have one of the better defenses in the Sun Belt, limiting opponents to an average of 68.14 points per game. I look for the under 146 to be the profitable side in this match-up.