Dixie State Trailblazers (11-10) vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats (13-10)
February 3, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Sam Houston State Bearkats -8.5 / Dixie State Trailblazers +8.5; Over/Under: 138.5
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The Dixie State Trailblazers will travel to Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum to take on the Sam Houston Bearkats this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Dixie State Trailblazers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-10 on the season after defeating the Chicago State Cougars, 79-65, this past Saturday. Dixie State led by a 43-31 margin at halftime and was able to hold off Chicago State for the victory after taking a 64-52 lead with 8:04 left in regulation. Dixie State shot 46.3% from the field & 37.5% from beyond the arc while holding Chicago State to 39.3% shooting from the field & 28.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Trailblazers was Hunter Schofield who had 23 points, 7 rebounds, & 1 block.
On the season, Dixie State is averaging 77.4 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Trailblazers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Dixie State has been led by Hunter Schofield (14.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Cameron Gooden (13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Dancell Leter (9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), & Frank Staine (9.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Dixie State is allowing their opponents to an average of 74.1 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Trailblazers have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Sam Houston Bearkats had their 6-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-10 on the season after being defeated by the Seattle U Redhawks, 78-63, this past Saturday. Sam Houston led by a 39-30 margin at halftime, however, the Bearkats were outplayed on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and could not fight back after a 20-0 Redhawks run gave Seattle U a 70-52 lead with 5:08 left in regulation. Sam Houston shot 41.4% from the field & 42.9% from beyond the arc while allowing Seattle U to shoot 38.1% from the field & 29.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bearkats was Jaden Ray who had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assits, & 1 steal.
On the season, Sam Houston is averaging 70.4 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Bearkats are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sam Houston has been led by Savion Flagg (19.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), Demarkus Lampley (10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.0 apg), Jaden Ray (8.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.2 spg), & Tristan Ikpe (6.2 ppg, 56.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Sam Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Bearkats have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The Trailblazers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games & 10-8-1 ATS overall on the season. The Bearkats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games & 4-2 ATS at home on the season.
Dixie State has been playing some great basketball as of late, however, this is still a team that is just 3-6 on the road this season which includes a 28-point loss at Southern Utah. Sam Houston fell apart against Seattle U in the 2nd half in their last game, however, the Bearkats have been impressive as of late, winning 9 of their last 11 games, and as Sam Houston already has solid wins at home against SFA, New Mexico State, & Grand Canyon, I think the Bearkats have no trouble picking up a win here while also covering this spread. Good Luck!