Lamar vs. North Carolina A&T - 12/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina A&T Aggies (6-7) at Lamar Cardinals (8-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Lamar Cardinals -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Headed our way Saturday afternoon from Orleans Arena, the North Carolina A&T Aggies and the Lamar Cardinals will be meeting up in college basketball activity.
Lamar enters this game with an 8-4 record overall. The Cardinals started out the year well, losing just one of their first nine games, and had a five-game win streak mixed in there. Lamar has lost their last three games versus Southern Illinois, Duquesne and UC Davis, however.
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In Friday’s UC Davis game, bench forward James Harrison had a solid outing for the Cardinals, bagging 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Another bench player, Nick Garth, logged a nice stat line with 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the loss.
As for North Carolina A&T, they came out strong in the early-going this year as well. The Aggies started out at 5-1, but since have lost six of their last seven. That NCAT run of futility includes a three-game losing streak to Duquesne, Southern Illinois and Radford.
In that Friday Redford game, Femi Olujobi did just about everything for the Aggies, posting a team-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. The only other North Carolina A&T player in double-figures was Milik Gantz, with 11 points off the bench.
The Aggies are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games versus a team with a winning straight-up record. North Carolina A&T is also 2-8 ATS in their last 10 neutral-site games and the over is 8-1 in their last nine non-conference games. The over is also 4-1 in the Aggies’ last five games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 5-2 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss.
Lamar was cruising through the early part of their schedule, but they’ve since hit some road blocks. The Cardinals lost by 10 to Southern Illinois, then was edged at Duquesne 65-64 before the 77-68 loss to UC Davis on Friday. As for the Aggies, they showed a little mettle in the Redford loss, but otherwise haven’t been playing all that well lately. NCAT has put up 64 points or fewer in each of their last four games. All in all, however, this should be a decent matchup. I like the Aggies to hang around here and manage a cover.