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Stephen F. Austin vs. Central Arkansas - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Arkansas Bears (17-15) at Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (25-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 9:30 pm (Leonard E. Merrell Center)

The Line: Stephen F. Austin -7.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

In Southland Tournament college basketball action on Thursday from Merrell Center, the Central Arkansas Bears will be taking on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. 

Central Arkansas enters this game with a 17-15 record overall. The Bears were sitting at 13-15 and a three-game losing streak on February 21, but since have won four straight games including Wednesday’s over Lamar. 

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Stephen F. Austin vs. Central Arkansas - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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In that 67-57 Lamar tournament win, Central Arkansas was led by guard Jordan Howard, who came up with 26 points and three rebounds. Matthew Mondesir also had a solid game for the Bears with 12 points and three boards. 

Over on the Stephen F. Austin side, they’re sitting at 25-6 on the season. The Lumberjacks have won their last two games, and took out Sam Houston State on Saturday. In that win, Stephen F. Austin’s top scorer was Leon Gilmore with 23 points. 

Shannon Bogues is the top scorer for the Lumberjacks this year on 15.5 PPG, and Kevon Harris is second with 15.1 PPG and 5.1 RPG. Also in double-figures for Stephen F. Austin is TJ Holyfield with 12.9 PPG and 6.2 RPG. 

The under is 6-0 in the Bears’ last six neutral-site games and the over is 7-3 in their last 10 versus a team with a winning percentage above .600. 

Meanwhile, the Lumberjacks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 following a straight-up win and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the Southland. The under is 6-0 in the Lumberjacks’ last six Thursday games and 4-1 in the last five neutral-site games. The over is 4-1 in the last five versus the Southland and the under is 7-3 in Stephen F. Austin’s last 10 overall. 

These two teams have split the season series so far, with the home team taking each game. The Bears won 100-92 on January 24, while the Lumberjacks took a 97-62 win on February 21. It’s a little concerning that Central Arkansas has come up with just 128 points across their last two games, and realistically Stephen F. Austin should roll here. I’ll take the Lumberjacks.

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