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Georgia Southern Eagles vs. South Alabama Jaguars
NCAAB: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST
Georgia Southern has won three in a row and all of those wins came by double figures. They are tied with Georgia State, who they play in their next game and Arkansas Little Rock at 6-2 and atop the Sun Belt Conference. The team is led by an offense that ranks a solid 82nd in the nation averaging 76.4 ppg.
South Alabama had their three-game win streak snapped in their last game and they are at .500 in Sun Belt play (4-4). Their defense killed it in the three wins but not so much in the last game where they have up 72 points. The team is led by their defense and this is the Jaguars' first game of the season against Georgia Southern.
Last season Georgia Southern won both games facing South Alabama.
Defense has Stepped UpIn winning three in a row, the Georgia Southern defense has been more than solid only giving up an average of 57.6 ppg. In their last game, they were on the road and Beat Troy 82-66 where they had a great shooting game with an FG% of 53.6% and they shot 40% from behind the 3-point arc. On the season the Eagles are 3-6 on the road.
Ike Smith (14.1 ppg) leads four players for Southern that are averaging at least 11 ppg and after failing to score in double figures for three straight games he had 12 points in the win over Troy even though he only shot 30% from the field. Isaiah Crawley (13.1 ppg) is the second-leading scorer for the Eagles and he came up big in the Troy game leading the club with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Elijah McCadden (12.7 ppg) had scored at least 13 points in three straight games before only going for seven points in the win over Troy. This season Georgia Southern is 3-6 on the road.
Turnovers HurtIn their last game, South Alabama was at home and lost to Georgia State 72-63 where they committed 20 turnovers. The turnovers really hurt, as they played good D holding the Panthers to an FG% of 40.4% while they shot a decent 46% from the floor.
Josh Ajayi (15 ppg 8.1 rpg) is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Jaguars and, has three double-doubles in his last four games, and in the loss to Georgia State, he scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Chad Lott is averaging 13.9 ppg and he has scored around his season average in his last few games. Andre Fox (11.7 ppg) has only totaled four points in his last three games and he went scoreless in the loss to Georgia State and he has not scored in double figures in his last five games. South Alabama is 7-4 at home this season.
According to the betting trends from Covers.com, the South Alabama Jaguars are:
According to the betting trends from Covers.com, the Georgia Southern Eagles are:
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Georgia Southern is streaking winners of three in a row while South Alabama saw their three-game win streak come to an end in their last game. The Eagles are led by their offense, but their defense has been the main reason they have won three in a row only giving up an average of 57.6 ppg. The Jaguars played good defense in their last game, but the turnovers killed them in the loss but in this game, at home, they will be more careful with the rock and not turn the ball over many times. That will be key and in a close game, they will win and cover snapping the Eagles three-game win streak.
Prediction: South Alabama
Full-Game Total Pick
South Alabama was playing great defense before a loss in their last game, which snapped their three-game win streak, where they gave up 72 points. I look for them to bounce back and to have a great defensive game in this one. While Georgia Southern is led by their offense it has been their defense that has shined as of late and in winning three straight games they have only allowed an average of 57.6 ppg. Both teams will play well on the defensive end of the floor in this Sun Belt game, which will be a low-scoring one so the Under is THE pick.