The Sam Houston Bearkats (23-6, 13-4 WAC) hope to continue a seven-game home winning stretch when hosting the Abilene Christian Wildcats (13-15, 7-10 WAC) on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET.
Friday’s game between the Bearkats and the Wildcats sees the Bearkats as a strong, 6.5-point favorite. A 135-point total has been set for the game.
Sam Houston vs. Abilene Christian Odds
Point Spread for Sam Houston vs. Abilene Christian
The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Sam Houston as the favorite.
Sam Houston vs. Abilene Christian Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Sam Houston has -307 odds to pick up the win, while Abilene Christian is listed at +244 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 135 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 3, 2023
- Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Huntsville, Texas
- Arena: Bernard Johnson Coliseum
Sam Houston vs. Abilene Christian Betting Trends
Sam Houston has 16 wins against the spread in 26 games this year. The Bearkats have won in 16, or 84.2%, of the 19 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Sam Houston’s games this year have gone over the total in 11 out of 24 opportunities (45.8%).
Against the spread, Abilene Christian is 8-15-1 this year. The Wildcats have been the moneyline underdog 12 total times this season. They’ve gone 2-10 in those games. Abilene Christian’s games this year have hit the over on 14 of 24 set point totals (58.3%).
Sam Houston vs. Abilene Christian Key Players to Watch
Donte Powers averages 10.9 points, 3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. At the other end, he puts up 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Cameron Huefner puts up 10.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest. Defensively, he puts up 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
Javion May is tops on the Bearkats at 4.7 rebounds per contest, while also putting up 1.7 assists and 3.9 points.
The Wildcats get 10 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game from Tobias Cameron. Damien Daniels is registering a team-best 3.7 assists per contest. He’s also delivering 8.7 points and 3.1 rebounds, hitting 44.2% of his shots from the field. Airion Simmons is averaging 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, making 41.8% of his shots from the field and 35.2% from beyond the arc, with 1.4 treys per game. Ali Abdou Dibba gets the Wildcats 9.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists per contest. He also posts 1 steal and 0.1 blocked shots.
What you need to know about the Sam Houston Bearkats
Sam Houston has covered nine times in 17 matchups with a spread in conference play this season. The Bearkats have been carried by their defense, as they rank fourth-best in the nation by allowing only 58.7 points per game. They rank 137th in college basketball in points scored (73.4 per contest). With 26.6 rebounds allowed per game, Sam Houston ranks eighth-best in college basketball. It ranks 44th in college basketball by grabbing 34.4 boards per contest.
The Bearkats average 80.4 points per game in home games, compared to 66.5 points per game in away games, a difference of 13.9 points per contest. With a 38.7% three-point percentage this season, Sam Houston ranks 12th-best in the country. It ranks 76th in college basketball by making 8.3 three-pointers per contest. The Bearkats are surrendering 7.3 treys per game (194th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing a 31.8% three-point percentage (64th-ranked).
The Bearkats have a 7-3 record against the spread while finishing 9-1 overall over their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Sam Houston has gone over the total twice. On offense, Sam Houston has had a hard time putting the ball in the basket over its last 10 games, scoring 65.4 points per contest over that span compared to the 73.4 it has put up over the course of this season. The past 10 games have seen Sam Houston concede one fewer point per game (57.7) than its season-long average (58.7).
What you need to know about the Abilene Christian Wildcats
Abilene Christian has won five games against the spread this year in conference action, while failing to cover or pushing 10 times. In 2022-23, the Wildcats are 71st in the country offensively (76.3 points scored per game) and 211th defensively (71.1 points conceded). Abilene Christian is 301st in the nation in rebounds per game (29.4) and 108th in rebounds conceded (29.9).
At home the Wildcats are scoring 81.3 points per game, 8.2 more than they are averaging away (73.1). With 7.4 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 35.6% from downtown, Abilene Christian is 188th and 104th in the nation, respectively, in those categories. The Wildcats are 29th in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (5.9 per game) and 275th in 3-point percentage defensively (35.3%).
The Wildcats have gone 4-6 over their past 10 contests, with a 4-5-1 record against the spread during that span. Abilene Christian has hit the over in eight of its last 10 contests. In its past 10 games, Abilene Christian is posting 75.9 points per contest, 0.4 fewer points than its season average (76.3). In their previous 10 games, the Wildcats are surrendering 77 points per game, 5.9 more points than their season average (71.1).
Sam Houston vs. Abilene Christian Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this matchup is Sam Houston, and we expect that Sam Houston will cover the spread (Sam Houston -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 135 points.
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