Texas State Takes Winning Streak into Troy
The Texas State Bobcats have been winning a lot lately. They haven’t lost a game since Jan. 27, piecing together an eight-game winning streak.
Their next opponent, the Troy Trojans, have been treading water of late, going 2-2 in their last four. Neither team is a real factor on the March Madness odds but which is the best option for your college basketball picks on Friday?
Texas State Rolling in Sun Belt Play
The Bobcats have been dominating games in the Sun Belt lately. They are 11-3 against conference opponents, ranking second in the league in terms of points allowed per game at 62.6.
Strong defense has kept them steady at times as they don’t have that take-over scorer that other teams tend to have.
Caleb Asberry is the leader in this department at 13.2 points per game, but the team’s offense is mostly strung out between three different double-digit scorers.
Troy Offense is Horrible
The Trojans are ranked 211th in the country in terms of points scored per game at 69.9, so that explains why they won’t be a big factor in the NCAA Tournament.
They don’t have that take-over scorer either, which should make for an even battle between these two teams. However, Troy only has one player on the roster averaging double digits per game.
That player being Efe Odigie, who averages 11.3 points and 6.4 rebounds. If Troy wants to win this game, somebody will need to step up and contribute outside of what they normally produce.
Texas State vs Troy Head-to-Head
Troy has won the last two matchups against the Bobcats. However, Texas State has won eight out of the 11 previous matchups before that.
Texas State vs Troy Game Information
- Game: Texas State Bobcats (20-6) at Troy Trojans (19-9)
- Location: Trojan Arena, Troy, AL
- Day/Time: Friday, 9 p.m. ET
- Television: ESPN2
Texas State Bobcats vs Troy Trojans Betting Lines
Texas State Bobcats vs Troy Trojans Prediction
In the first meeting of the season, the Trojans handled the Bobcats by 15 points. However, that just doesn’t seem likely to happen again.
Troy has an overall mediocre offense with its top scorer mustering just 11 points per game. The Bobcats, on the other hand, have a strong defense, limiting their opponents to only 62.6 points per contest.
The first meeting was uncharacteristic of them as they gave up 78 points to Troy. They’ll be looking to make amends for that. They only have three conference losses (and six overall), so rest assured they’ll be ready to get revenge.
The current spread in the sportsbook shows that the Bobcats are a two-point favorite and that seems like the correct way to go here if you bet online.
It’s hard to imagine them losing to Troy for a second time this year – especially when they are trying to lock down the top spot in the Sun Belt right before the NCAA Tournament.