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Jackson State Tigers at Sam Houston State Bearkats - 3/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Sam Houston State Bearkats (18-15) vs. Jackson State Tigers (19-15)

College Basketball: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Bernard Johnson Coliseum)

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The Jackson State Tigers will play the Sam Houston State Bearkats in the first round of the CIT on Monday Night.

The Sam Houston State Bearkats are 18-15 (12-6) and lost in the semi-finals of the Southland Conference Tournament against Texas A&M-CC by a score of 79-76. Sam Houston State defeated Nicholls State in their first game of the conference tournament by a score of 60-59. Before the conference tournament, Sam Houston State finished the regular season by winning 5 of their last 7 games. Sam Houston State is averaging 75 points per game while giving up 71.1 points per game. Sam Houston State is also averaging 37 rebounds per game and 16.8 assists per game. Dakarai Henderson is averaging 14.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game for Sam Houston State. Aurimas Majauskas is averaging 14.1 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Bearkats. Sam Houston State is shooting 69.2% on free throws, 34.2% on three-pointers, and 43.5% on all field goal attempts.

Jackson State Tigers at Sam Houston State Bearkats - 3/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Jackson State Tigers are 19-15 (12-6) and lost in the finals of the SWAC Tournament against Southern by a score of 54-53. Jackson State defeated Prairie View A&M (69-51) and Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (74-68) in their first 2 games of the SWAC tournament. Before the conference tournament, Jackson State finished the regular season by winning 4 of their last 6 games. Jackson State is averaging 68.2 points per game while giving up 65 points per game. Jackson State is also averaging 40 rebounds per game and 12.2 assists per game. Raeford Worsham is averaging 13.3 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game for Jackson State. Paris Collins is averaging 12.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Tigers. Jackson State is shooting 63.1% on free throws, 30.4% on three-pointers, and 40.4% on all field goal attempts.

Jackson State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Monday games. Jackson State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss. The under is 5-0-1 in Jackson State’s last 6 road games. Sam Houston State is 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games. Sam Houston State is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The over is 9-4 in Sam Houston State’s last 13 games.

Both of these teams were able to play well in their conference tournaments and will have the chance to play in the post season. Sam Houston State is the better offensive team, while Jackson State is the better defensive team. Jackson State has the advantage in rebounding, while Sam Houston State is the better shooting team. I like Jackson State to keep this game close and possibly win outright. 

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