Free NCAA Basketball Picks - Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Texas-Arlington Mavericks  

Texas-Arlington Mavericks players in bench

Joe Catalano

Monday, January 2, 2017 6:42 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 6:42 PM GMT

The Appalachian State Mountaineers have faced their share of tough opponents, but they haven't been able to be competitive in these games and have had a lackluster season thus far. Now they must face the UT- Arlington Mavericks who are on a 10 game winning streak. This game appears to have blowout written all over it.

  Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Texas-Arlington Mavericks  

 

The Mavericks that are undefeated at home while the Mountaineers are just 1-6 on the road. Things look bleak for Appalachian State as UT-Arlington has not only won 10 straight games but has also defeated a top 25 opponent in the St. Mary's Gaels by double digits.

 

Team Ball

Deep teams such as Kentucky or in this case UT-Arlington don't need the one star looking to hoist up 20 shots as they make frequent substitutions to keep the players on the floor fresh and this usually is a great recipe for success.

The Mavericks feature 6 players that average 7 points per game or more while junior forward, Kevin Hervey, lead's the way at 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. What's great about Hervey is his consistency. He's scored in double figures in 8 straight games. Combine the consistency of Hervey with the outstanding defense that the Mavericks possess and one can see why this team has won 10 straight games.

UT-Arlington has held the opposition to under 70 points in 7 out of their last 9 games and their defense should have little resistance from Appalachian State.

 

Ronshad Shabazz

The one player that the Mavericks need to be concerned about is a sophomore guard, Ronshad Shabazz. Shabazz lead's the Mountaineers at 16.1 points per game and can be streaky at times as he's capable of knocking down the 3-ball as he did against Texas State, but he can also take his team out of the game trying to force the issue as he's hovered around the 40% mark from the field shooting-wise. Look for Shabazz to get his points, but it won't be enough here.

The Mavericks are on a roll and Appalachian State poses no threat in this game.

 

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