Grand Canyon Antelopes (12-5) vs. Cal Baptist Lancers (10-8)
January 14, 2023 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Cal Baptist Lancers -1 / Grand Canyon Antelopes +1 ; Over/Under: 126.5
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The Grand Canyon Antelopes and the California Baptist Lancers meet Saturday in college basketball action from CBU Events Center. Grand Canyon is coming off a Thursday game versus Texas-Arlington. In that one the Antelopes posted a blowout victory. As for Cal Baptist, they’re currently 10-8 after a Wednesday loss to Utah Valley. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Grand Canyon posted an 8-4 run through their first 12 games, losing to Nevada, Wichita State, LMU and North Texas along the way. The Antelopes hit a 3-1 run after that with wins over Idaho State, Cal Baptist and Sam Houston.
Matched up against Texas-Arlington on Thursday, the Antelopes were down 30-28 at halftime. Grand Canyon woke up in the second with a 52-18 advantage and won 80-48. Noah Baumann scored 19 points with three rebounds to lead the way.
Over on the Cal Baptist side, they were 8-4 after 12 games as well, falling to Long Beach State, Minnesota, Southern Illinois and Cal Poly. The Lancers hit a 2-4 run in the next six with wins over only Utah Tech and New Mexico State.
In the Utah Valley matchup on Wednesday, the Lancers were up 33-31 by the break. Cal Baptist was outscored 40-34 in the second half and lost 71-67. Taran Armstrong posted 16 points and six boards to lead the team.
PICK: I’ll probably stick with Cal Baptist. You could make a case either way, though. The Lancers had a sketchy second half against a good Utah Valley team in their last appearance, but they’re not doing too badly lately. Cal Baptist has hit 70 or more points in five of their last eight games and they’ve got plenty of reasons to give their all in this one. The last time these teams met up back on December 29, Grand Canyon pulled off a 73-59 win with a 42-32 second half. I like California Baptist to play well here and get some revenge, but it should be a pretty great matchup regardless.