Sam Houston State Bearkats vs. Northwestern State Demons Betting Prediction 01/23/19

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The Sam Houston State Bearkats (10-8, 5-0 SthLnd) and the Northwestern State Demons (7-11, 2-3 SthLnd) square off at Prather Coliseum. The Bearkats will try to lengthen their six-game winning streak. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

Sam Houston State Bearkats at Northwestern State Demons Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Demons were beaten by the Abilene Christian Wildcats, 78-69, while the Bearkats were victorious over the Houston Baptist Huskies, 71-65.

Sam Houston State played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 17.2 (worse than their season average of 15.5) and a free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.176). Houston Baptist had marks of 23.6 and 0.262, respectively, for those same stats. Northwestern State, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (17-23; 73.9 percent). Ishmael Lane played well for Northwestern State with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kai Mitchell, meanwhile had a good outing for Sam Houston State, finishing with 18 points and nine rebounds.

The Bearkats won the lone game between these two teams last year, 75-52. The Bearkats’ turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Demons. Sam Houston State had a rate of 10.0, while Northwestern State posted a mark of 23.9. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

The Bearkats’ Mitchell has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 14 points,7.6 rebounds,1.4 steals,1.4 blocks per game. Meanwhile, Lane has averaged 12 points,9.6 rebounds,2.2 blocks during that same time frame for the Demons.

It might be a sloppy game for the Northwestern State offense. Northwestern State ranks 324th in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 22.1 percent), while the gambling defense of Sam Houston State forces the 15th-most turnovers in the nation (24.0 percent).

Sam Houston State Bearkats at Northwestern State Demons ATS Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Northwestern State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Sam Houston State ranks 46th in assists per game (15.7) while Northwestern State ranks 246th (10.4).
  • The Bearkats average 24.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 85th in the nation. The Demons rank 152nd in three pointers allowed per game (22.8).
  • Sam Houston State averages 2.9 blocks per game, which is ranked 127th in the country. Northwestern State ranks 146th in blocks allowed per game (4.4).
  • The Bearkats average 36.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 129th in the country. The Demons rank 270th in rebounds allowed per game (40.6).
  • Sam Houston State ranks 34th in steals per game (8.1) while Northwestern State ranks 154th in steals allowed per game (7.3).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Bearkats have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 60.8 points per game (6.6 below their season average).
  • The Demons’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.8, down from 7.0 for the season.