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Lamar vs. UTSA - 3/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTSA Roadrunners (19-14) at Lamar Cardinals (19-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Montagne Center)

The Line: Lamar Cardinals +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some CIT First Round tournament action on Wednesday night, as the Lamar Cardinals take on the UTSA Roadrunners in a college basketball matchup. 

The Lamar Cardinals received their invite to the CIT after finishing the regular season with a 19-13 overall record, including an 11-7 conference record in Southland conference play. The stay in the conference tournament wasn’t a very long one for the Cardinals however, as Lamar was upset in the first round at the hands of #7 seed Central Arkansas. The Cardinals started the year with a strong 8-1 record, including wins over Tulsa, Coastal Carolina twice and UTEP while also hanging tough against Duquesne, UC-Davis, North Carolina A&T and Southern Illinois. Colton Weisbrod led Lamar with an average of 14.7 points and 8 rebounds per game while Joey Frenchwood leads the Cardinals in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Lamar is scoring 76 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 66% from the foul line this season.

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Lamar vs. UTSA - 3/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UTSA Roadrunners got the invite to the CIT thanks to an 11-7 conference record as part of their 19-14 overall record this season, which gave them the #5 seed in the C-USA tournament. The Roadrunners took down UTEP in the first round before falling to eventual conference champion, #4 seeded Marshall in the quarterfinals. The Roadrunners didn’t give themselves anything easy to start the year, taking losses to some quality teams like Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Bradley and Coastal Carolina. Jhivvan Jackson led UTSA in scoring with 18.4 points per game while Giovanni De Nicolao led the Roadrunners in assists with 3.5 assists per game and Byron Frohnen was UTSA’s leading rebounder with 7.4 boards per game this season. As a team, UTSA is scoring 78.6 points per game on 43.6% from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 68.5% from the foul line this season.

Lamar is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. UTSA is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the Southland. 

The trends side-by-side seems to back UTSA here, but the problem with that is that UTSA’s leading scorer, Jhivvan Jackson, is out for the season with a knee injury. That’s a huge blow for the Roadrunners offense, considering that Jackson was averaging over 18 points per game. Lamar doesn’t play a ton of lined games, but I wouldn’t overlook them here as the Cardinals already beat Coastal Carolina twice and Tulsa, both teams that beat the Roadrunners in the regular season. I’ll take a shot with Lamar and the points here.

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