Sam Houston vs Grand Canyon Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, March 10, 2023

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The No. 1 seed Sam Houston Bearkats (25-6, 14-4 WAC) will hit the court in the WAC Tournament against the No. 5 seed Grand Canyon Antelopes (22-11, 11-7 WAC). The teams will face off Friday at 9:00 PM live on ESPN+.

The Bearkats are currently moderate 2.5-point favorites against the Antelopes. The matchup’s point total is 126.5.

Sam Houston vs. Grand Canyon Odds

Point Spread for Sam Houston vs. Grand Canyon

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Sam Houston as the favorite.

Sam Houston vs. Grand Canyon Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Sam Houston has -156 odds to pick up the win, while Grand Canyon is listed at +133 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 126.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, March 10, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Paradise, Nevada
  • Arena: Orleans Arena

Sam Houston vs. Grand Canyon Betting Trends

Sam Houston has played 28 games, with 18 wins against the spread. The Bearkats have been chosen as favorites in 21 games this year and have walked away with the win 18 times (85.7%) in those games. Sam Houston has hit the over in 36.7% of its opportunities this year (11 times over 30 games with a set point total).

In Grand Canyon’s 30 games this year, it has 12 wins against the spread. The Antelopes have been the underdog on the moneyline eight total times this season. They’ve gone 3-5 in those games. Grand Canyon’s games this season have gone over the point total 22 times in 30 opportunities (73.3%).

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Sam Houston vs. Grand Canyon Key Players to Watch

Sam Houston

Donte Powers averages 11.4 points, 3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. At the other end, he posts 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Javion May paces the Bearkats at 4.9 rebounds per game, while also averaging 1.7 assists and 3.9 points. Cameron Huefner puts up 10.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game, shooting 44.7% from the field and 44.2% from downtown with 1.5 made 3-pointers per contest.

Grand Canyon

Gabe McGlothan paces the Antelopes in rebounding (7.9 per game), and puts up 12.7 points and 0.8 assists. He also averages 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Chance McMillian is putting up 10.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, making 49.1% of his shots from the floor and 43.7% from 3-point range, with 1.6 treys per contest. Noah Baumann gives the Antelopes 6.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.3 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Sam Houston Bearkats

Sam Houston’s WAC games have gone over the point total seven out of 19 times this season. The Bearkats are scoring 73.1 points per game this year (140th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really thrived on defense, giving up just 58.3 points per game (fourth-best). Sam Houston ranks seventh-best in the country by allowing just 26.6 rebounds per game. It ranks 43rd in college basketball by grabbing 34.5 boards per contest.

Sam Houston ranks 10th-best in college basketball with a three-point shooting percentage of 38.8%. It ranks 66th in college basketball by sinking 8.4 treys per contest. The Bearkats are allowing 7.2 treys per game (178th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing a 31.1% three-point percentage (40th-ranked).

The Bearkats have gone 9-1 in their last 10 games, with a 7-3 record against the spread in that span. In Sam Houston’s past 10 contests, it has hit the over twice. Sam Houston has seen a downturn in scoring recently, racking up 65.2 points per game in its last 10 outings, 7.9 points fewer than the 73.1 it has scored this season. Sam Houston has been slightly better on the defensive end of the floor recently, allowing 57.8 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 58.3 it has conceded per game this year.

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What you need to know about the Grand Canyon Antelopes

In Grand Canyon’s 19 chances this year in WAC action, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 16 times. The Antelopes are 103rd in the nation in points scored (75 per game) and 71st in points conceded (66.6). Grand Canyon collects 33.9 rebounds per game and give up 29.5 boards, ranking 57th and 87th, respectively, in college basketball.

Beyond the arc, Grand Canyon is 55th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (8.6). It is 40th in 3-point percentage at 37.1%. Defensively, the Antelopes are 37th in the country in 3-pointers conceded per game at 6. They are 44th in 3-point percentage allowed at 31.2%.

The Antelopes are 5-5 against the spread and 7-3 overall in their past 10 games. Grand Canyon has hit the over in seven of its last 10 outings. In its previous 10 games, Grand Canyon is posting 79.1 points per game, 4.1 more than its season average (75). The Antelopes have fared worse defensively over their last 10 games, surrendering 68.9 points per contest, 2.3 more points their than season average of 66.6.

Sam Houston vs. Grand Canyon Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Sam Houston, and we predict that Sam Houston will cover the spread (Sam Houston -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 126.5 points.

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How to bet Sam Houston vs. Grand Canyon

You can bet on Sam Houston vs. Grand Canyon 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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