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Play In Game Preview - ASU vs UTSA

It's East Regional Play In game odds time with the Roadrunners of UTSA battling the Alabama State Hornets for the right to join the Field of 64 and get slaughtered by Ohio State.

This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Dayton Arena). Alabama State is a small underdog, despite a 9-1 SU run of late where they have won by an average of nearly 11 points per game

If you are checking your bracket, you'll see these teams at the 16 seed in the East, but few are probably picking either team to upset the Buckeyes. But Alabama State, the only team without a winning record in the Field of 68, started the year 1-8 and have been playing much better and a serious threat to win here. [ See list of bracket contests here at OddsShark.com, some with million-dollar top prizes ]

View Alabama State vs Texas-San Antonio Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Texas-San Antonio in this one will find them as 4.5-point favorites at shops such as Sports Interaction and Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Roadrunners, most recently No. 160 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Hornets, who rate No. 171 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 68-64 victory for the Roadrunners.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas-San Antonio's No. 114-ranked scoring average of 70.9 PPG, against a Hornets defense rated No. 59 and allowing 63.6 PPG. The Roadrunners FG% has averaged 43.1% to date this season, more than the Hornets shooters have managed so far (39.7% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Alabama State owns the country's No. 111-rated mark, allowing 68.6 points per game on the highway. Texas-San Antonio, on the other hand, rates No. 165 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Alabama State, they were a 65-48 winner as they battled Grambling State. They covered in the match as a 6-point favorite.

Last time out for Texas-San Antonio, they were a 75-72 winner as they battled McNeese State. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog.