Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist WAC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 9, 2023
The No. 1 seed Sam Houston Bearkats (24-6, 14-4 WAC) are 6-point favorites in the WAC Tournament when they take on the No. 8 seed Cal Baptist Lancers (17-15, 8-10 WAC) on Thursday at Orleans Arena, tipping off at 3:00 PM on ESPN+. Both teams hope to move one step closer to an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The point total for the matchup is set at 124.5.
Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist Odds
- Sam Houston odds to win: -260
- Cal Baptist odds to win: +213
- Spread: Sam Houston (-6)
- Total: 124.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
- Time: 3:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Paradise, Nevada
- Venue: Orleans Arena
Who Will Win Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist?
Sam Houston and Cal Baptist Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
In games this season it was favored by 6 points or more, Sam Houston has an 8-4 record against the spread.
Cal Baptist is 1-4 against the spread when an underdog by 6 points or more this season.
These teams average 143.4 points per game combined, 18.9 more than the total of 124.5.
Sam Houston and Cal Baptist have seen their opponents average a combined 0.6 fewer points per game than the point total of 124.5 set for this outing.
Sam Houston’s average total in matchups this year has been 131.9, 7.4 points higher than the total in this particular game.
Lancers games this season have averaged an over/under of 135.4 points, 10.9 more than the point total in this matchup.
The Bearkats are 17-10-0 against the spread this season.
The Lancers’ ATS record is 14-15-1 this year.
Sam Houston Stats & Insights
Sam Houston has a +447 scoring differential, topping opponents by 14.9 points per game. It is putting up 73.4 points per game to rank 134th in college basketball and is allowing 58.5 per contest to rank fourth in college basketball.
Sam Houston ranks 42nd in the nation at 34.5 rebounds per game. That’s 7.9 more than the 26.6 its opponents average.
The Bearkats connect on 8.5 three-pointers per game (63rd in college basketball) at a 39% rate (sixth-best in college basketball), compared to the 7.2 per game their opponents make at a 31.5% rate.
Sam Houston averages 97.1 points per 100 possessions on offense (91st in college basketball), and allows 77.4 points per 100 possessions (third in college basketball).
Offensively, the Bearkats have played better in home games this year, averaging 79.8 points per game, compared to 66.5 per game in road games.
Cal Baptist Stats & Insights
Cal Baptist’s +148 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 4.6 points per game) is a result of putting up 70 points per game (215th in college basketball) while giving up 65.4 per contest (47th in college basketball).
Cal Baptist grabs 34 rebounds per game (55th in college basketball) while conceding 30.8 per outing to opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 3.2 boards per game.
Cal Baptist connects on 8.4 three-pointers per game (70th in college basketball) while shooting 33.5% from deep (218th in college basketball). It is making 2.8 more threes than its opponents, who drain 5.6 per game at 30.3%.
Cal Baptist averages 93.9 points per 100 possessions on offense (178th in college basketball), and gives up 87.7 points per 100 possessions (74th in college basketball).
In 2022-23 the Lancers are averaging 12.9 more points per game at home (76) than on the road (63.1).
Sam Houston Key Players to Watch
The Bearkats leader in points and assists is Qua Grant, who scores 13.8 points per game to go with 3.9 assists.
Javion May leads Sam Houston in rebounding, grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game while also scoring 3.9 points a contest.
Donte Powers leads the Bearkats in three-point shooting, making an average of 2.1 shots per game from beyond the arc.
Grant is Sam Houston’s leader in steals, averaging two steals per game, while Tristan Ikpe leads them in blocks with 0.5 per contest.
Cal Baptist Key Players to Watch
Taran Armstrong’s points (11.3 per game) and assists (five per game) stat lines give him the top scoring and assists spots on the Lancers’ leaderboards.
Hunter Goodrick grabs 6.5 rebounds per game (he also scores 8.4 points per game and adds 1.8 assists per game) which puts him at the top of the Cal Baptist rebounding leaderboard.
Reed Nottage is reliable from deep and leads the Lancers with 1.9 made threes per game.
Cal Baptist’s leader in steals is Blondeau Tchoukuiengo with 0.9 per game, and its leader in blocks is Goodrick with 0.4 per game.
Sam Houston vs. Cal Baptist Prediction
- Pick ATS:
Sam Houston (-6)
- Pick OU:
Sam Houston 69, Cal Baptist 62
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