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Abilene Christian vs Sam Houston State 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Sam Houston State Bearkats (7-9) vs. Abilene Christian Wildcats (11-3)
January 8, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Abilene Christian Wildcats -10.5 / Sam Houston State Bearkats +10.5; Over/Under: 136.5
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The Sam Houston Bearkats will travel to the Teague Center to take on the Abilene Christian Wildcats this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Sam Houston Bearkats has their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-9 on the season after being defeated by the Tarleton Texans, 75-64, this past Thursday. Sam Houston struggled defensively against Tarleton and could not fight back after Tarleton took a 59-45 lead with 11:23 left in regulation. Sam Houston shot 40.0% from the field & 31.6% from beyond the arc while allowing Tarleton to shoot 58.8% from the field & 45.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bearkats was Savion Flagg who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, & 1 steal.

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On the season, Sam Houston is averaging 72.9 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Bearkats are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sam Houston has been led by Savion Flagg (19.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), Demarkus Lampley (12.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), Jaden Ray (7.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.2 spg), & Tristan Ikpe (6.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Sam Houston is allowing their opponents to average 67.6 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Bearkats have a rebound margin of 6.6 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Abilene Christian Wildcats had their 11-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-3 on the season after being defeated by the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 64-58, this past Thursday night. Abilene Christian struggled on both ends of the court against Stephen F. Austin and could not fight all the way back after going into halftime trailing by a 35-23 margin. Abilene Christian shot 37.5% from the field & 11.8% from beyond the arc while allowing Stephen F. Austin to shoot 51.2% from the field & 45.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Mahki Morris who had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, & 4 steals.

On the season, Abilene Christian is averaging 80.6 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Abilene Christian has been led by Coryon Mason (11.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.9 apg), Mahki Morris (10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.8 spg), Cameron Steele (9.3 ppg, 44 rpg, 1.5 apg), & Damien Daniels (7.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.9 spg).

Defensively, Abilene Christian is holding their opponents to an average of 61.2 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 10.7.

The Bearkats are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Abilene Christian, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 January games. The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games at home.

Sam Houston has been average on both ends of the court this season as the Bearkats come into this game ranked 163rd in scoring offense, 37th in three-pointers made per game, & 154th in scoring defense. Abilene Christian has been solid both offensively & defensively this season as the Wildcats come into this game ranked 27th in scoring offense, 36th in scoring defense, & 65th in defensive FG%.

Sam Houston is not a bad team, however, there are going to have a hard on both ends of the court against an Abilene Christian team that is 8-1 at home and been outstanding forcing turnovers as the Wildcats ranks 1st in steals per game & 1st in turnover margin. Abilene Christian is coming off a tough lose against Stephen F. Austin, however, I think they bounce back with a solid performance in this one and do enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick:
Abilene Christian Wildcats -10.5

Brett Nault

Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05

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