Sam Houston State Bearkats vs Texas Longhorns Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sam Houston State Bearkats vs Texas Longhorns
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Sam Houston State (+26)
The Texas Longhorns (5-1) host the Sam Houston State Bearkats (3-4) at Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday. Sam Houston State opens this matchup as 26-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 142.
Sam Houston State enters this game with a win-loss record of 3-4 on the campaign. The Bearkats are shooting 31.8% on shots from distance (57 of 179) and 64.6% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 83.0 points per game (52nd in the nation) while going 46.1% from the floor. They are turning it over 15.7 times per game and as a group are committing 20.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Sam Houston State is pulling down 37.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 120 assists on the year, which has them ranked 9th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Bearkats are forcing 20.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.4 personal fouls. The Bearkats defense is giving up a FG percentage of 42.5% (176 of 414) and they concede 37.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 309th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 103 conceded for the season. They give up 29.0% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 227th in the nation in PPG allowed (73.7).
The Sam Houston State Bearkats took the court against the LSU Tigers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 88-66 in their last game. Sam Houston State ended having earned a 36.5% field goal percentage (23 of 63) and buried 8 of their 32 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Bearkats knocked down 12 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. When it comes to rebounding, they earned a total of 28 with 9 of them being offensive. They also distributed 13 assists in this game while getting 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. In terms of defending, Sam Houston State allowed the other team to shoot 36.5% from the floor on 23 of 63. LSU distributed 14 assists and 12 steals in this game. Furthurmore, the Tigers snagged 46 rebounds (15 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 2 blocks. LSU ended up shooting 82.4% when shooting free throws by making 14 of 17 shots. They buried 8 of their 24 attempts from three-point range.
Demarkus Lampley is one guy who saw a lot of court time in the game. He left the arena with 16 points on 6 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30 minutes and also collected 2 boards. Lampley finished the contest at 40.0% from the field and earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this contest for the Bearkats was Zach Nutall. He had 3 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He went 25.0% from the field for the matchup by shooting 3-of-12 (13 points). In all, Nutall was on the court for 30 min.
Texas has a record of 5-1 for the campaign. The Longhorns commit 22.3 fouls every game and they go 70.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.7 times per game (168th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per contest. Texas has scored 442 points for the season (73.7 per game) and they average 39.5 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Longhorns are shooting 45.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 163rd in Division 1. The Longhorns on defense are ranked 40th in college hoops in PPG given up with 60.5. They are able to force 12.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 37.2% from the field (37th in college basketball). The Texas defense surrenders 22.5% on shots from beyond the arc (20 of 89) and opponents are knocking down 65.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 7.2 assists and 34.5 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 8th and 132nd in those defensive categories.
When they last played, the Texas Longhorns got the win with a final of 74-53 when they played the Texas State Bobcats. The Longhorns snagged 24 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 35 for the game. They stuffed 7 attempts while recording 5 steals for the game. The Bobcats were called for 15 fouls in the matchup which got the Longhorns to the charity stripe for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to convert 17 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 85.0%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Texas buried 7 out of their 22 attempts (31.8%). When all was said and done, the Longhorns finished 25 for 57 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.9%. The Longhorns permitted the Bobcats to convert 22 out of 61 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.1% for this contest. They finished shooting 18.2% from 3-point land by connecting on 2 of 11 and walked away from this one shooting 7 of 10 at the charity stripe (70.0%). When talking about rebounds, Texas allowed Texas State to pull down 27 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Andrew Jones ended up being a major contributor for the Longhorns in this contest. He buried 3 of 7 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which got him 11 points. Jones had 6 rebounds in his 28 mins played and had 2 dimes in this game. Another guy who saw a lot of action for Texas was Courtney Ramey. He was able to score 11 points in 30 minutes on the court via 3 out of 7 shooting in the matchup. Ramey walked away from this one going 42.9% from the floor as well as earning 6 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Sam Houston State (+26)
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