The Lamar Cardinals (3-0) are off to a hot start and will try to stay unbeaten when they challenge the Bakersfield Roadrunners (1-2) at Montagne Center. Action begins at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 19, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Bakersfield Roadrunners vs. Lamar Cardinals Free Preview
In the Roadrunners last game, they were blown out by the No. 3 Arizona Wildcats, 91-59. Jarkel Joiner had a solid performance for Bakersfield, leading the team in scoring with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Arizona did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (28-36; 77.8 percent). Bakersfield, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 30.4).
The Cardinals come in on a high note after blowing out the Jarvis Christian Bulldogs in their last contest, 103-66. Lamar received a boost from Tyrin Atwood, who was the games leading scorer with 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Lamar played a flawless game. They had a superb turnover percentage of 9.5 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.2. For those same stats, Jarvis Christian had marks of 18.8 and 23.8, respectively.
It could be a mistake-prone game for the Lamar offense. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, Lamar ranks 188th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 18.9 percent), while the pesky defense of Bakersfield has forced the ninth-most turnovers in the NCAA (23.6 percent).
Bakersfield Roadrunners at Lamar Cardinals Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Lamar, ATS Winner – Lamar, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Roadrunners rank 45th in rebounds per game (38.6) while the Cardinals rank 181st (35.6).
- Bakersfield ranks 30th in assists allowed per game (11.2) while Lamar ranks 129th (13.0).
- Lamar ranks 16th in three pointers allowed per game (17.5) while Bakersfield ranks 204th (22.0).
- The Roadrunners rank 90th in blocks per game (3.9) while the Cardinals rank 248th in blocks allowed per game (4.4).
- Lamar ranks 16th in steals per game (8.1) while Bakersfield ranks 153rd in steals allowed per game (6.2).