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Texas A&M C.C. vs. Sam Houston State - 3/13/15 Southland Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Sam Houston State at Texas A&M C.C. Islanders (18-12)

College Basketball: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Leonard E. Merrell Center)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Sam Houston State Bearkats and Texas A&M-CC Islanders meet Friday in the Southland semifinal.

The Sam Houston State Bearkats look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, Sam Houston State is averaging 74 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 58.4 points on 38.1 percent shooting. DeMarcus Gatlin is averaging 10.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while Kaheem Ransom is averaging 10 points and four assists. Jabari Peters is grabbing 4.6 rebounds and Paul Baxter is dishing 2.6 assists. The Sam Houston State Bearkats have six players averaging at least 8.1 points, and they’re shooting 70.7 percent from the line and 33.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Sam Houston State is allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in 12 straight games.

Texas A&M C.C. vs. Sam Houston State - 3/13/15 Southland Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Texas A&M-CC Islanders look to build on their five-game winning streak. On the season, Texas A&M-CC is averaging 66.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 41.9 percent shooting. John Jordan is averaging 15.2 points and 5.2 assists while Rashawn Thomas is averaging 13.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. Brandon Pye is shooting 44 percent and Bryce Douvier is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Texas A&M-CC Islanders have four players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 68.4 percent from the line and 33.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Texas A&M-CC is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 59 or less points in four of its last five games.

The Islanders are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The Bearkats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. 

Sam Houston State is by far the better team in this matchup and probably should win the Southland overall. Look for the Bearkats to win by double digits here.

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Sam Houston State Bearkats -7.5

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