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Mavericks open as college hoops underdog vs Red Wolves

Texas-Arlington MavericksArkansas State Red Wolves
11-13February 20, 2014, 08:05 | ASU Convocation Center14-9

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Arkansas State Red Wolves try to run the Texas-Arlington Mavericks off the court at ASU Convocation Center in college hoops action.

Arkansas State battles the Mavericks, currently sitting with a 11-13 mark (10-8-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-9-1 for the Red Wolves and 9-10 for the Mavericks.

View Texas-Arlington Mavericks vs Arkansas State Red Wolves Odds and Stats.

The Red Wolves were listed as -8-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Red Wolves rated this week at No. 40 and the Mavericks sitting at No. 176.

Texas-Arlington was a 69-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas State. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. The Mavericks grabbed a 69-62 win over the Bobcats on Saturday, behind a 23-point effort from Reger Dowell at College Park Center.

In their last action, Arkansas State was an 85-67 loser on the road against Louisiana-Lafayette. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Arkansas State suffered an 85-67 loss against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, getting 19 points from Kendrick Washington in a losing effort at Cajundome.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Arkansas State's No. 163-rated squad against Texas-Arlington's No. 48-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Arkansas State rates No. 10 in the country with 8.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 13 nationally with 8.46 per match.

Next up:
Texas-Arlington at Arkansas-Little Rock, Saturday, February 22nd
Arkansas State at Texas State, Saturday, February 22nd