Abilene Christian Wildcats (22-9) vs. Seattle U Redhawks (23-8)
March 11, 2022 11:30 pm EDT
The Line: Seattle U Redhawks +2 / Abilene Christian Wildcats -2; Over/Under: 140.5
(Get latest betting odds)
The Abilene Christian Wildcats & Seattle U Redhawks will square off at Orleans Arena this Friday night in the Semifinals of the WAC Tournament.
The 6-seed Abilene Christian Wildcats improved to 22-9 on the season after defeating the 3-seed Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 76-62, late last night. Abilene Christian dominated Stephen F. Austin on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 59-39 lead with 12:51 left in regulation. Abilene Christian shot 53.1% from the field & 46.7% from beyond the arc while holding Stephen F. Austin to 36.0% shooting from the field & 29.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Mahki Morris who had 22 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, & 2 steals.
Coming into their game against Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian was averaging 77.1 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats were averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Abilene Christian has been led by Coryon Mason (11.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.7 apg), Airion Simmons (11.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg), Mahki Morris (10.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Cameron Steele (8.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), & Reggie Miller (6.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.9 spg).
Defensively, prior to their game against Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian was holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats had a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of 9.1.
The Seattle U Redhawks finished their regular season with an overall record of 23-8 and earned the 2-seed in the WAC Tournament after finishing conference play with a 14-4 record. Seattle U finished their non-conference portion of their schedule with a 9-4 record with their best win coming against Morgan State. Seattle U lost both matchups against the top-seed New Mexico State Aggies, however, the Redhawks were solid overall throughout the season and come into the WAC Tournament winning 6 of their last 8 games.
On the season, Seattle U is averaging 74.7 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Redhawks are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Seattle U has been led by Darrion Trammell (16.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.6 spg), Cameron Tyson (14.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Riley Grigsby (13.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg), & Emeka Udenyi (6.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.1 apg).
Defensively, Seattle U is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Redhawks have a rebound margin of 0.3 and a turnover margin of 3.5.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 & 8-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games. The Redhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall & 0-5 ATS in thier last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Seattle U was able to defeat Abilene Christian in their only regular season matchup as the Redhawks defeated the Wildcats by a 72-62 margin at home in late January.
Seattle U has been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Redhawks come into this matchup ranked 83rd in scoring offense, 92nd in scoring defense, & 36th in defensive FG%, however, the Redhawks can struggle at times shooting the ball as they come into this matchup ranked just 294th in FG% & 183rd in 3P-FG%. Abilene Christian has also been solid on both ends of the court, ranking 44th in scoring offense & 90th in scoring defense and have been great in terms of creating turnovers as the Wildcats rank 1st in steals per game & 1st in turnover margin. Abilene Chrisitan has one of the better defenses in the counrty and as Seattle U just isn’t the same team when they are not on their home court, I think Abilene Chrsitan does enough to cover this small spread. Good Luck!