The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks meet in college basketball action from William B. Johnson Coliseum on Thursday night.
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs will try to rebound from a narrow 65-63 loss to Colorado State in their last game. Julian Soumaoro had a team-high 12 points with 3 threes while Anthony Selden had 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting and DQ Nicholas and Kareem Reid each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for GW in the loss, with Reid logging a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double.
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks come into this game looking to build some momentum after starting the year with a 93-40 win over subdivision Le Tourneau last time out. Sadaidrene Hall had a team-high 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Jaylin Jackson-Posey added 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 3 threes and 4 assists while Latrell Jossell and Nana Antwi-Bossiako each had 14 points to make up the scoring in double figures for the Lumberjacks in the win. Antwi-Boasiako also added 7 rebounds while Jackson-Posey also added 5 assists.
Gardner-Webb is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games. Stephen F. Austin is 0-5 ATS int heir last 5 home games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 11-4 in their last 15 Thursday games.
I get the case to be made for either side here, but I’m on the under in this game. Both teams excel with their defenses and this game to me just feels lime a first to 65 wins kind of game. Two teams that finished last year in the KenPom top-100 in terms of defensive efficiency and I think those numbers carry over to mean something here. I’ll side with the under here.