Sam Houston vs Cal Baptist Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 9, 2023

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The No. 1 seed Sam Houston Bearkats (24-6, 14-4 WAC) and the No. 8 seed Cal Baptist Lancers (17-15, 8-10 WAC) will look to advance in the WAC tournament on Thursday as they meet at 3:00 PM.

Thursday’s matchup between the Bearkats and the Lancers sees the Bearkats as 6-point favorites. The matchup’s point total is 124.5.

Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist Odds

Point Spread for Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist

The spread for this matchup is set at 6 points, with oddsmakers listing Sam Houston as the favorite.

Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Sam Houston has -260 odds to pick up the win, while Cal Baptist is listed at +213 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 124.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Game Time: 3:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Paradise, Nevada
  • Arena: Orleans Arena

Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist Betting Trends

Sam Houston has 17 wins against the spread in 27 games this season. The Bearkats have been chosen as favorites in 20 games this year and have walked away with the win 17 times (85%) in those games. Sam Houston’s games this year have gone over the total in 11 out of 30 opportunities (36.7%).

In Cal Baptist’s 30 games this year, it has 14 wins against the spread. The Lancers have been the underdog on the moneyline 12 total times this season. They’ve gone 5-7 in those games. Cal Baptist’s games this season have hit the over on 13 of 30 set point totals (43.3%).

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Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist Key Players to Watch

Sam Houston

Donte Powers is posting 11.1 points, 1.7 assists and 3 rebounds per game. Cameron Huefner puts up 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest. At the other end, he averages 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.
Javion May is tops on the Bearkats at 4.9 rebounds per contest, while also posting 1.8 assists and 3.9 points.

Cal Baptist

The Lancers receive 9.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from Riley Battin. Hunter Goodrick leads the Lancers in rebounding (6.5 per game), and posts 8.4 points and 1.8 assists. He also posts 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Reed Nottage is averaging 6.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, making 38.5% of his shots from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc, with 1.9 triples per contest.

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What you need to know about the Sam Houston Bearkats

Sam Houston has put together a 10-8-0 ATS record in conference action so far this year. The Bearkats have a top-25 defense this year, ranking fourth-best in college basketball with 58.5 points allowed per game. Offensively, they rank 134th with 73.4 points scored per contest. With 26.6 rebounds allowed per game, Sam Houston is eighth-best in college basketball. It ranks 42nd in college basketball by grabbing 34.5 rebounds per contest.

With a 39% three-point percentage this season, Sam Houston is sixth-best in the country. It ranks 63rd in college basketball by making 8.5 threes per contest. The Bearkats are giving up 7.2 threes per game (177th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 31.5% (56th-ranked) from downtown.

The Bearkats have gone 9-1 in their last 10 contests, with a 7-3 record against the spread during that span. Sam Houston has gone over the total twice in its past 10 games. Sam Houston has been racking up 64.3 points per game in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s significantly lower than the 73.4 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. Sam Houston’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (56.7) is 1.8 fewer points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (58.5).

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What you need to know about the Cal Baptist Lancers

Cal Baptist has compiled an 8-10-0 ATS record so far this season in conference action. The Lancers are 215th in the nation in points scored (70 per game) and 47th in points allowed (65.4). On the glass, Cal Baptist is 55th in the nation in rebounds (34 per game). It is 162nd in rebounds conceded (30.8 per game).

Beyond the arc, Cal Baptist is 70th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (8.4). It is 218th in 3-point percentage at 33.5%. Defensively, the Lancers are 16th-best in the nation in 3-pointers allowed per game at 5.6. They are 22nd-best in 3-point percentage conceded at 30.3%.

The Lancers have a 3-7 record against the spread while finishing 3-7 overall in their past 10 games. In its past 10 contests, Cal Baptist has gone over the total five times. Cal Baptist has fared better offensively over its previous 10 games, averaging 74.4 points per contest, 4.4 more than its season average of 70. While the Lancers are allowing 65.4 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse over their previous 10 games, allowing 68.8 points per contest.

Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is Sam Houston, and we project that Sam Houston will cover the spread (Sam Houston -6). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 124.5 points.

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How to bet Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist

You can bet on Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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