Sam Houston State Bearkats at Lamar Cardinals Free Prediction 01/15/20

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The Sam Houston State Bearkats (11-6, 4-2 SthLnd) will be at the Montagne Center to meet the Lamar Cardinals (9-8, 3-3 SthLnd) in a SthLnd matchup. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Sam Houston State Bearkats vs. Lamar Cardinals Betting Odds

In their last outing, the Cardinals were victorious over the Houston Baptist Huskies, 102-92, while the Bearkats lost to the Central Arkansas Bears, 89-82.

The Cardinals knocked down 27 of their 33 free throws (81.8 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.682 (above their season average of 0.468). Sam Houston State, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 10.3 (better than their season average of 16.4). Avery Sullivan played a key role for Lamar with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Chad Bowie led the way for Sam Houston State, putting up 18 points.

This was a highly contested series last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Cardinals won the most recent matchup 75-72. Getting to the free throw line was one of Lamar’s largest strengths. They had 38 free throw attempts, while Sam Houston State had just 16. This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year.

This could end up being a sloppy game for the offense of Lamar. Lamar ranks 296th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.4 percent), while the pesky defense of Sam Houston State forces the 16th-most turnovers in the nation (25.1 percent).

Sam Houston State Bearkats vs. Lamar Cardinals Odds Pick

Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Lamar, ATS Winner – Lamar, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Sam Houston State ranks 100th in three pointers attempted per game (23.4) while Lamar ranks 275th (17.1).
  • The Cardinals rank 22nd in blocks per game (5.2) while the Bearkats rank 114th (3.2).
  • Sam Houston State ranks 130th in rebounds per game (36.3) while Lamar ranks 218th in rebounds allowed per game (37.6).
  • The Bearkats average 16.7 assists per game, which ranks 18th in the NCAA. The Cardinals rank 145th in assists allowed per game (13.1).
  • Sam Houston State averages 9.6 steals per game, which ranks 11th in the country. Lamar ranks 114th in steals allowed per game (6.7).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Cardinals have scored an average of 70.2 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.2 points per game (5.2 above their season average).
  • The Bearkats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.8, down from 9.4 for the season.