Tue, Mar 15, 3:46pm by Kevin Pitstock
When : 11:30 AM AEST Thursday, March 17, 2011
Where: Dayton Arena Dayton, Ohio
This play-in game features the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners and the Alabama State Hornets. They play for the opportunity to face the #1 team Ohio State. Texas San Antonio represents the Southland conference where they defeated McNeese State to win the conference tournament 75-72. Alabama State is a SWAC member and they defeated Grambling 65-48 to win their conference and the automatic qualifier. Let’s check the odds from Sportingbet and preview the teams for our free pick.
Texas San Antonio Overview
The Roadrunners have a record of 19-13 and have won seven of their last ten games. The floor leader for the team is Devin Gibson with 17 points per game and he gives out 5.6 assists per game along with 2.7 steals. Jeromie Hill grabs the boards at a 6.6 per game clip and he shoots 48% from the field. Melvin Johnson III is a major contributor to this team.
The team averages 71 points per game and allow 69 per game which makes for some close games. They shoot 43% from the field and manage 35% from the 3-point line. When they shoot free throws they are successful 71% of the attempts. Rebounding is a wash as they grab 35 a game and allow 34 to the opponents.
Alabama State Overview
The Hornets ended the season with a 17-17 record and winners of their conference tournament. They have won nine of the last ten games they have played in. Kenderek Washington is the scoring leader with 8.7 points per game. Jeffery Middlebrooks gives out 2.2 assists and Ivory White grabs 5.4 rebounds a game. Chris Duncan manages 1.7 steals a game for the Hornets.
The team averages 61 points a game but gives up 63 to the opposition. Shooting is not very good with 40% from the field, 28% from beyond the 3-point arc and 60% from the charity stripe.They can rebound well as they attain 36 per game and keep the opposition off the glass so that they only grab 30 per game.
Pick and Prediction
You have wonder how Alabama State got in the tournament. They got hot at the right time and won their conference title. They can’t shoot well but they can rebound as well as many of the other teams in the field of 68. Texas San Antonio is a high scoring team that scores quickly. Many times they just don’t care much on defense so that they can get the ball back on offense. The odds courtesy of Sportingbet is Texas-San Antonio -4.5 and this appears generous. Before it is over it could be double digits. Our pick for your bet is to bet the spread for Texas-San Antonio -4.5 to win.
Our Pick: Texas-San Antonio -4.5 at Sportingbet
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