Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman SWAC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Wednesday, March 8, 2023
The No. 2 seed Grambling Tigers (22-8, 15-3 SWAC) are favored by 10 points in the SWAC Tournament over the No. 7 seed Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (12-19, 8-10 SWAC). The teams will hit the court Wednesday at 3:00 PM live on ESPN+, with the winner moving closer to a guaranteed spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The matchup has a point total of 132.5.
Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman Odds
- Grambling odds to win: -565
- Bethune-Cookman odds to win: +411
- Spread: Grambling (-10)
- Total: 132.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Time: 3:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Birmingham, Alabama
- Venue: Bartow Arena
Who Will Win Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman?
Grambling and Bethune-Cookman Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
When it has played as at least 10-point favorites this season, Grambling is 1-2 against the spread.
Bethune-Cookman has a 1-4 record against the spread when an underdog by 10 points or more this year.
These teams average a combined 136.1 points per game, 3.6 more points than the total of 132.5 set for this matchup.
Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 136.3 points per game, 3.8 more than the point total in this game.
The average point total in Grambling’s games this season is 2.3 fewer points than the total of 132.5 in this matchup.
Wildcats games this year have averaged an over/under of 142.4 points, 9.9 more than the point total in this matchup.
The Tigers have gone 17-11-0 ATS this season.
The Wildcats have gone 17-12-0 ATS this season.
Grambling Stats & Insights
Grambling outscores opponents by 6.7 points per game (scoring 68.4 per game to rank 268th in college basketball while giving up 61.7 per contest to rank 13th in college basketball) and has a +201 scoring differential overall.
Grambling is 227th in the country at 31.1 rebounds per game. That’s 1.3 more than the 29.8 its opponents average.
The Tigers hit 1.1 fewer threes per game than the opposition, 5 (351st in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 6.1.
Grambling’s 92.9 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 205th in college basketball, and the 83.8 points it allows per 100 possessions rank 20th in college basketball.
The Tigers are posting 73 points per game this season at home, which is 8.1 more points than they’re averaging on the road (64.9).
Bethune-Cookman Stats & Insights
Bethune-Cookman has a -214 scoring differential, falling short by 6.9 points per game. It is putting up 67.7 points per game, 283rd in college basketball, and is giving up 74.6 per outing to rank 307th in college basketball.
Bethune-Cookman comes up short in the rebound battle by an average of 4.9 boards. It records 29.4 rebounds per game (302nd in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 34.3.
Bethune-Cookman makes 6.8 three-pointers per game (244th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 7.6. It shoots 36.1% from deep, and its opponents shoot 35.1%.
Bethune-Cookman ranks 330th in college basketball with 86.7 points scored per 100 possessions, and 287th defensively with 95.6 points conceded per 100 possessions.
At home, the Wildcats score 74.5 points per game. On the road, they average 62.4.
Grambling Key Players to Watch
The Tigers scoring leader is Cameron Christon, who averages 12.7 per contest to go with 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Carte’Are Gordon leads Grambling in rebounding, averaging seven per game, while Shawndarius Cowart leads the team in assists, distributing an average of 3.2 in each contest.
The Tigers get the most three-point shooting production out of Christon, who knocks down 1.4 threes per game.
Cowart is Grambling’s leader in steals, averaging 1.8 steals per game, while Gordon leads them in blocks with 1.5 per contest.
Bethune-Cookman Key Players to Watch
Zion Harmon racks up 13.8 points per game and is the top scorer for the Wildcats.
Bethune-Cookman’s leader in rebounds is Kevin Davis with 6.3 per game, and its leader in assists is Marcus Garrett with 2.8 per game.
Joe French averages 2.1 three-pointers per game, the most on the Wildcats.
Damani McEntire (two steals per game) is the steal leader for Bethune-Cookman while Davis (0.5 blocks per game) is the block leader.
Grambling vs. Bethune-Cookman Prediction
- Pick ATS:
- Pick OU:
Grambling 74, Bethune-Cookman 63
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