The Sun Belt Conference will only send one team to March Madness. Which team will that be will be known this Sunday, when the UT Arlington and the Georgia State Panthers square off in the conference championship game. Read on for a preview of this intriguing matchup. You can also check out the latest March Madness future odds here.
Betting Preview for the UT Arlington Mavericks vs. Georgia State Panthers College Basketball Game on March 17, 2019
Where: GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
When: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the UT Arlington Mavericks (17-15 Overall / 12-6 Conference)
The Mavericks continue their hot streak, as they extended their unbeaten run that started in the regular season to five games with a 67-58 win over the Georgia Southern Eagles on Saturday. As usual, UT Arlington’s defense shined for the team. The Mavericks held Georgia Southern to just 36.7 percent shooting from the field and forced the Eagles to cough the ball up 15 times. However, UT Arlington’s offensive performance in that game leaves much to be desired. The Mavericks shot just 39.7 percent from the field and went a pathetic 5-for-209 from deep. Offensive troubles aren’t new to UT Arlington, though, as it was just 259th in the nation with only 68.8 points allowed per game, so the defense will really have to come through for the Mavericks against Georgia State. Brian Warren, who led the team in the regular season with 15.3 points per game, will be a man to watch for the Mavericks this Sunday, as he averaged 16.0 points in the two meetings with Georgia State.
The over is 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in UT Arlington’s last four games.
Betting on the Georgia State Panthers (23-9 Overall / 13-5 Conference)
Despite an ugly shooting day, the Panthers made it past the semifinals of the Sun Belt Tournament, beating the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday, 59-46. The Panthers converted just 32.1 percent of their shots from the field against the Bobcats. They knocked down only six 3-pointers on 25 attempts, so they will have have to be more careful and wise with their shot selection, especially against a Mavericks team that knows a thing or two about defense. But don’t expect Georgia State to be less aggressive in taking long shots. After all, the Panthers were 14th nationally in the regular season with a 38.9 percent shooting from behind the arc. They were also 21st with 9.8 3-pointers made per game. The Panthers went 18-for-46 from deep in their two wins against UT Arlington in the regular season. Georgia State beat the Mavericks on the road on Jan. 3, 63-58, and at home on Jan. 26, 77-71.
The over is 3-2 in the Panthers’ last five games.
Georgia State wins, 73-69.
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