Abilene Christian vs. Stephen F. Austin - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (26-3) at Abilene Christian Wildcats (19-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Moody Coliseum)
The Line: Abilene Christian Wildcats +2 -- Over/Under: 141.5
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the Abilene Christian Wildcats meet in Southland conference college basketball action from the Moody Coliseum on Tuesday night.
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks come into this one with a 17-1 mark in Southland conference play, clinching the regular season title with a 95-76 win over Lamar last time out. Kevon Harris leads SFA in scoring with 17.6 PPG while Cameron Johnson and Gavin Kensmil each have 11.6 PPG with Kensmil adding a team-high 6.8 RPG this season. John Comeaux also has 8 PPG and 2.4 APG this season. As a team, Stephen F. Austin is averaging 81.2 points on 49.4% shooting from the field, 36.9% from 3-point range and 70.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.2 points on 42.5% shooting from the field and 35.2% from 3-point range this season. Stephen F. Austin is 11-2 straight up and 7-5-1 against the spread on the road this season.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats will try to finish the season strong, sitting at 14-4 in conference play and 2nd in the Southland with a 7th straight win in the form of a 75-70 win over Central Arkansas last time out. Payten Ricks leads Abilene Christian in scoring with 14.8 PPG while Joe Pleasant is 2nd in scoring with 11 PPG and Kolton Kohl has 9.7 PPG and 4.4 RPG this season. Damien Daniels also has a team-high 3.2 APG this season for the Wildcats. As a team, Abilene Christian is averaging 44.9 points on 31.4% shooting from the field and 74.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.8 points on 43.1% shooting from the field and 29.7% from 3-point range this season. Abilene Christian is 13-2 straight up and 7-4 against the spread at home this season.
I strongly considered Abilene Christian and the points here as the Wildcats are trying to fend teams off for 2nd in the Southland, and this is the Wildcats’ senior night, so hosting the top team in the conference (that’s already clinched the regular season title) could be a recipe for a solid win. However, SFA is looking once again like a force to be reckoned with and a team that can make noise past the first round of the NCAA tournament if they get there, and I don’t think even the magic of the home crowd on senior night will be enough to get the Wildcats over here. I’ll lay the bucket with the Lumberjacks here as Stephen F. Austin continues rolling into the conference tournament.