The Missouri State Bears (2-1) and the Georgia Southern Eagles (3-0) clash in the Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena. The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 146 points with neither team favored. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017.
Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Missouri State Bears Odds Preview
The Eagles dismantled the Bluefield State Big Blues in their last contest, 120-52. With 14 points and 11 rebounds, Georgia Southerns Shawn OConnell had a solid performance. Georgia Southern played a perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.8 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 47.3. Bluefield State recorded marks of 25.4 and 22.2, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Bears last game, they were dismantled by the North Dakota State Bison, 57-54. Alize Johnson was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 8-for-21 shooting. North Dakota State had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.446 vs. 0.336). Missouri State, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.213 vs. 0.125).
The offensive glass should be a huge advantage for Missouri State in this contest. Since last season, the Bears rank 46th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.8 percent), while Georgia Southern ranks 322nd in defensive rebounding percentage (66.7 percent). The Eagles should be expected to protect the ball well. They rank 40th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent). Conversely, the Bears have forced the 54th-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents turnover percentage of 17.1 percent).
Since last season, the Eagles have had records of 21-14 straight up (SU) and 13-13-1 against the spread (ATS). Georgia Southern games have had a slight tendency to go over the projected point total since last season (51.9 percent).
The Bears have had a decent 19-17 SU record since last season, but are just 13-17-2 ATS. Vegas has had a tendency to place the total low when Missouri State has been involved over that same period as 68.8 percent of their games have ended over the projected point total.
Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Missouri State Bears Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Georgia Southern, ATS Winner – Georgia Southern, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bears rank 42nd in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Eagles rank 102nd (3.1).
- Missouri State ranks 257th in assists per game (12.1) while Georgia Southern ranks 317th (10.4).
- Missouri State ranks 21st in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while Georgia Southern ranks 303rd (39.6).
- The Bears rank 94th in three pointers allowed per game (20.0) while the Eagles rank 276th (24.1).
- Georgia Southern ranks 64th in steals per game (7.1) while Missouri State ranks 227th (5.3).