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Abilene Christian vs Dixie State 3/3/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Dixie State Trailblazers (13-16) vs. Abilene Christian Wildcats (18-9)
March 3, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Abilene Christian Wildcats -11.5 / Dixie State Trailblazers +11.5; Over/Under: -147.5
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The Dixie State Trailblazers and the Abilene Christian Wildcats meet in college basketball action from the Teague Special Events Center on Thursday night.

The Dixie State Trailblazers will try to bounce back from back-to-back losses after a 73-65 loss at the hands of Seattle in their last game. Hunter Schofield leads the Trailblazers in scoring and rebounding with 15.1 PPG and 6.2 RPG while Cameron Gooden has 12.1 PPG with 3.9 RPG and a team-high 3.6 APG to lead the Trailblazers in the assist department this season. Dancell Leter has 10.3 PPG with 5.1 RPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Dixie State while Frank Staine has 8.7 PPG and 3.6 RPG. As a team, Dixie State is averaging 73.4 PPG on 42.9% shooting from the field, 31.4% from three and 68.5% from the foul line while allowing 74 PPG on 43.8% shooting from the field and 31.8% from three this season.

The Abilene Christian Wildcats will hope to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last four games after a 73-71 loss to Stephen F. Austin in their last game. Coryon Mason leads the Wildcats in scoring with 12.5 PPG while Airion Simmons has 11.5 PPG with a team-high 5.9 RPG to lead the Wildcats on the glass this season. Mahki Morris has 10 PPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for ACU so far this year while Damien Daniels has a team-high 3.6 APG to lead the Wildcats in assists. As a team, Abilene Christian is averaging 77.4 PPG on 43.9% shooting from the field, 31.1% from three and 74.7% from the foul line while allowing 66.4 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field and 33.1% from three this season.

Dixie State is 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road underdog. Abilene Christian is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 26-9 ATS in their last 35 home games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games as a home favorite.

I get the case to be made for an underdog in certain spots, but Dixie State hasn’t shown up against the better WAC teams on the road this season. Abilene Christian has had a couple of ups and downs as of late, but they’ve scored 71 or more in each of their last nine games and in the seven wins over that stretch, the Wildcats topped 77. ACU is just the more trustworthy team here, so I’ll lay the points with Abilene Christian in this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Abilene Christian -11.5

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