CBB Betting Preview Texas State Bobcats vs. Troy Trojans – February 25, 2022

The Troy Trojans (19-9) will host the Texas State Bobcats (20-6) in a Sun Belt Conference basketball showdown on Friday night. The Texas State Bobcats enter this matchup in the top spot in Sun Belt standings and are coming off a three-point win over South Alabama 55-52 on the road. Meanwhile, the Bobcats picked up a win over UTA 59-53 and sat in third in the conference. 

Texas State Betting Preview: Bobcats Are Sun Belt Regular Season Champions

With an 11-3 record, Texas State leads the Sun Belt, and after beating the South Alabama Jaguars, the Bobcats are on an eight-game winning streak and have claimed the regular-season title. Texas State won the defensive battle by outrebounding South Alabama 41 to 36 and committing only seven turnovers to the Jaguars’ 14. The Bobcats were led by Michael Ceaser, who had a double-double off the bench, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Caleb Asberry leads the Texas State Bobcats in scoring, averaging 13.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Mason Harrell has a nightly average of 11.4 points, and Isiah Small racks up 11.2 points per game for the Bobcats. Texas State averages 70.8 points per game while shooting 46.8% from the field, and they give up 62.6 points per game to their opponents. 

 

Troy Trojans Betting Preview: Trojans Fighting for Tournament Spot

Troy enters this matchup in third place in the Sun Belt and will not finish lower than fourth in the regular season. On Wednesday, the Trojans upset the UT Arlington Mavericks 59-53, with 37 of Troy’s 59 points coming off the bench, with Zay Williams leading the way with 15 points and six rebounds. 

Offensively, the Troy Program has struggled to come in 249th overall in offensive efficiency. Efe Odigie, who averages 11.3 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Troy Trojans, leads the team in scoring and is the only double-digit scorer for this club. The Trojans are averaging 69.9 points per game, and they give up 65.1 points per game to their opponents. 

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Betting Odds and Lines

MyBookie has the Texas State Bobcats listed as the -1.5 point road favorite, while the total number of points is at 128.5 in the latest odds. The under is 7-2 in the Trojans’ previous 9 games following a straight-up win, while the Bobcats are 5-0-1 in their last 6 away games against a club with a home winning percentage of more than .600.

Free Betting Pick

On December 30, the Trojans defeated the Bobcats 78-63 as a six-point underdog. In that game, Troy outshot Texas State 55 percent to 38 percent from the field and 33 percent to 24 percent from beyond the arc. 

Troy has much more to play for as the Trojans can finish second, third, or fourth in the regular season and still qualify for the Sun Belt Tournament. In contrast, Texas State will have the top seed regardless of the outcome on Friday. 

The Bobcats took the business in the game they needed to win on Wednesday, and they don’t have as much motivation to play it today. For that reason, I suspect they will rest some of their players or give them fewer minutes to prepare for the Sun Belt tournament. The Trojans are also 11-4 at home ATS, that being said, back Troy.

BetUSASports Free Pick: Troy +1.5

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