The No. 7 seed Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (12-19, 8-10 SWAC) square off in the SWAC Tournament against the No. 2 seed Grambling Tigers (22-8, 15-3 SWAC) on Wednesday at Bartow Arena, beginning at 3:00 PM.
Wednesday’s matchup between the Tigers and the Wildcats sees the Tigers as a solid, 9-point favorite. The matchup has a point total of 132.5.
Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman Odds
Point Spread for Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman
The spread for this matchup is set at 9 points, with oddsmakers listing Grambling as the favorite.
Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Grambling has -492 odds to pick up the win, while Bethune-Cookman is listed at +368 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 132.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Game Time: 3:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Birmingham, Alabama
- Arena: Bartow Arena
Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman Betting Trends
Grambling is 17-11-0 against the spread this season. The Tigers have been favorites in 18 games this season and have come away with the win 16 times (88.9%) in those contests. Grambling’s games this year have hit the over on nine of 29 set point totals.
Bethune-Cookman has 17 wins against the spread in 29 games this season. The Wildcats have won 26.3% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (5-14). Bethune-Cookman’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 17 times in 29 opportunities (58.6%).
Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman Key Players to Watch
Cameron Christon puts up 12.7 points and 1.4 assists per game — both team highs. He is also posting 5.5 rebounds, shooting 45.7% from the floor and 35.6% from beyond the arc with 1.4 made 3-pointers per contest. Shawndarius Cowart paces his squad in assists per contest (3.2), and also averages 11.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. At the other end, he delivers 1.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Carte’Are Gordon is tops on his team in both points (12.7) and rebounds (7) per contest, and also posts 1.4 assists. At the other end, he posts 1 steal and 1.5 blocked shots. Jourdan Smith posts 7.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest, shooting 46.8% from the field.
Marcus Garrett is putting up a team-leading 2.8 assists per contest. And he is delivering 13.6 points and 5.5 rebounds, making 40.1% of his shots from the field and 38.8% from beyond the arc, with 1 trey per game. Kevin Davis is the Wildcats’ top rebounder (6.3 per game), and he contributes 10.9 points and 1.2 assists. Zion Harmon tops the Wildcats in scoring (13.8 points per game) and assists (2.7), and posts 2 rebounds. He also puts up 1 steal and 0.2 blocked shots. Joe French is putting up 10.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game, making 39.2% of his shots from the field and 41% from 3-point range, with 2.1 triples per game.
What you need to know about the Grambling Tigers
Grambling and its SWAC opponents have combined to hit the over seven out of 18 times this season. The Tigers have been lifted by their defense, as they rank 13th-best in the country by surrendering only 61.7 points per game. They rank 268th in college basketball in points scored (68.4 per contest). Grambling is 227th in the country with 31.1 boards per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 98th with 29.8 rebounds allowed per game.
Grambling is making 5 three-pointers per game (eighth-worst in college basketball), and it has a 35.4% three-point percentage (111th-ranked). The Tigers rank 44th in the nation with 6.1 threes allowed per game so far this year. Meanwhile, they rank 27th with a 30.5% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.
The Tigers have an 8-2 record against the spread while going 9-1 overall over their last 10 games. In Grambling’s past 10 games, it has hit the over twice. In its last 10 games, Grambling has been putting up 66.5 points per contest, an average that’s slightly lower than the 68.4 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Grambling has been more stingy on defense as of late, allowing 56.3 points per game during its last 10 outings compared to the 61.7 points per game its opponents are averaging on the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
Bethune-Cookman has covered 13 times in 18 matchups with a spread in conference play this season. At 67.7 points scored per game and 74.6 points conceded, the Wildcats are 283rd in the country on offense and 307th on defense. Bethune-Cookman is 302nd in college basketball in rebounds per game (29.4) and 18th-worst in rebounds conceded (34.3).
Bethune-Cookman makes 6.8 3-pointers per game and shoots 36.1% from beyond the arc, ranking 244th and 74th, respectively, in the country. In 2022-23, the Wildcats are 229th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (7.6 per game) and 264th in defensive 3-point percentage (35.1%).
The Wildcats have a 7-3 record against the spread while going 5-5 overall over their past 10 games. In its past 10 contests, Bethune-Cookman has hit the over five times. Bethune-Cookman has performed better offensively in its past 10 games, averaging 67.9 points per contest, 0.2 more than its season average of 67.7. The Wildcats have performed better defensively in their past 10 games, giving up 71.5 points per contest, 3.1 fewer points than their season average of 74.6 allowed.
Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this game is Grambling, and we project that Grambling will cover the spread (Grambling -9). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 132.5 points.
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