Incarnate Word vs Bethune-Cookman 12/16/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Incarnate Word vs Bethune-Cookman 12/16/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds player photo
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The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the Incarnate Word Cardinals meet in college basketball action from the McDermott Convocation Center on Friday night.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats come into this one looking for consistency to be built up after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games following an 88-48 loss to North Florida last time out. Zion Harmon leads Bethune-Cookman in scoring and assists with 12.6 PPG and 3.2 APG while Marcus Garrett has 12.1 PPG with a team-high 5.3 RPG to lead the Wildcats in rebounding and Kevin Davis has 10.4 PPG with 5.1 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Bethune-Cookman so far this season. As a team, Bethune-Cookman is averaging 65.8 PPG on 41.9% shooting from the field, 36.3% from three and 73.1% from the foul line this season.

The Incarnate Word Cardinals will try to rebound after a 98-50 loss at the hands of Kansas State in their last game. Jonathan Cisse leads the Cardinals in scoring and assists with 11.5 PPG and 2.5 APG while Charlie Yoder has 11.3 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Incarnate Word so far this season. Brandon Swaby also has a team-high 4.1 RPG to lead the Cardinals on the glass as well this season. As a team, Incarnate Word is averaging 68 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field, 33.3% from three and 71.4% from the foul line this season.

Bethune-Cookman is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. Incarnate Word is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.

Neither of these teams have been anything to write home about this season, but Incarnate Word at least has the benefit of being at home for this game as well as the fact that they’re the better team on both ends of the floor. Bethune-Cookman shoots the three well, but that’s the one area on the floor that Incarnate Word defends fairly well, so I’ll side with the Cardinals in the near pick ‘em.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:Incarnate Word -1