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College basketball point spread favors Mountaineers in battle with Eagles

Georgia Southern EaglesAppalachian State Mountaineers
8-9January 18, 2014, 02:00 | Holmes Convocation Center4-13

A key college battle sees the visiting Georgia Southern Eagles travelling to Appalachian State Saturday to take on the Mountaineers.

The Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-6 ATS against the number this season, while the Mountaineers are 2-7 ATS. Georgia Southern is 4-4 on the totals; Appalachian State is 2-7.

View Georgia Southern Eagles vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Eagles were listed as 3-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Mountaineers - Eagles odds would favor the Mountaineers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Appalachian State is rated No. 287 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Georgia Southern is at No. 310.

Georgia Southern was an 88-81 winner in their most recent outing at home against Furman. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Tre Bussey went off for 26 points and added 2 rebounds, leading Georgia Southern over Furman, 88-81, on Thursday at Hanner Fieldhouse.

In their last action, Appalachian State was an 80-70 loser at home against Chattanooga. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Appalachian State suffered an 80-70 loss against Chattanooga on Thursday, getting 18 points from Jay Canty in a losing effort at Holmes Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Appalachian State has the nation's No. 174-rated offensive output, at 70.47 PPG. The visiting Eagles defense ranks No. 181 allowing on average 72.11 PPG. The Mountaineers FG% has averaged 41.15% so far, less than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.64% per game.

A few Eagles at Mountaineers trends to consider:
Georgia Southern is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Georgia Southern is 6-11-1 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Appalachian State
Georgia Southern is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Appalachian State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Georgia Southern's last 5 games when playing Appalachian State
Appalachian State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Appalachian State's last 5 games
Appalachian State is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games at home
Appalachian State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Georgia Southern

Next up:
Georgia Southern home to Wofford, Thursday, January 23rd
Appalachian State at The Citadel, Thursday, January 23rd