Abilene Christian Wildcats vs Houston Baptist Huskies Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Abilene Christian Wildcats vs Houston Baptist Huskies
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Sharp Gymnasium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Abilene Christian (-16.5)
The Abilene Christian Wildcats (9-2) head to Sharp Gymnasium on Wednesday where they'll take on the Houston Baptist Huskies (2-7). The odds on this game have Abilene Christian as 16.5-point favorites. The total is set at 149.5.
Abilene Christian will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 9-2 this season. The Wildcats are hitting 33.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (80 of 241) and 61.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 75.4 points per game (129th in the country) while connecting on 44.9% from the field. They cough up possession 14.5 times per contest and as a team are committing 19.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Abilene Christian is collecting 35.5 boards per game and has accounted for 169 assists so far this season, which is 28th in the nation in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Wildcats are able to force 22.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 22.3 personal fouls. They are conceding 28.1% on three-point shots while they are 11th in D-1 in PPG allowed (58.2). The Wildcats defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 38.8% (217 of 559) and they relinquish 34.5 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 167th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 104 surrendered for the year.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats faced off with the Lamar Cardinals and went home with a win by a final score of 83-65 in their last game. Abilene Christian wrapped up the game having earned a 43.5% field goal percentage (30 out of 69) and knocked down 9 of their 20 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 14 of 21 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 38 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 21 assists in this contest while earning 11 steals and 3 blocks. In reference to defending, Abilene Christian allowed the other team to go 43.5% from the field on 30 of 69 shooting. Lamar totaled 11 dimes and had 3 steals in the game. Additionally, the Cardinals had 29 rebounds (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Lamar finished shooting 79.2% at the charity stripe by making 19 of their 24 shots. They knocked down 4 of their 20 shots from 3-point range.
Coryon Mason is a guy who played a role in the matchup. He totaled 21 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He played 28 mins played and also snagged 3 boards. Mason finished shooting 54.5% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes. Another guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Wildcats was Kolton Kohl. He grabbed 7 rebounds and tallied 4 dimes. He finished the game shooting 46.2% from the field for the matchup by going 6-of-13 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Kohl played 27 min.
Houston Baptist has a mark of 2-7 on the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Huskies are shooting 42.9% from the floor, which ranks 243rd in the country. Houston Baptist has 652 points for the campaign (72.4 per game) and they average 33.9 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 14.9 times per contest (103rd in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 17.1 times per contest. The Huskies are responsible for committing 16.2 fouls per contest while shooting 74.8% from the charity stripe. The Huskies on the defensive side of the court are 335th in the nation in points allowed per game with 85.4. The Houston Baptist defense concedes 33.7% from downtown (82 of 243) and opponents are making 72.6% of their free throw shots. They surrender 17.2 assists and 39.9 total rebounds per game, which is 332nd and 310th in those defensive categories. They are able to force 12.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.3% from the floor (311th in the nation).
In their last game, the Houston Baptist Huskies got the win with a final of 99-93 when they played the Northwestern State Demons. The Huskies were able to snag 31 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for the game. They also turned away 2 shots while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Demons committed 26 personal fouls for this game which took the Huskies to the charity stripe for a total of 30 tries. They were able to bury 23 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 76.7%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Houston Baptist made 12 out of 32 attempts (37.5%). Overall, the Huskies ended up going 32 out of 72 from the field which had them shooting 44.4%. The Huskies allowed the Demons to bury 33 out of 73 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 45.2% in the matchup. They shot 22.6% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 7 of 31 and finished the contest at 20 of 24 from the charity stripe (83.3%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Houston Baptist permitted Northwestern State to grab 37 overall (9 offensive).
Darius Lee was important for the Huskies in this matchup. He buried 9 of 14 for the matchup giving him a rate of 64.3%, which had him sitting at 30 points. Lee pulled down 10 rebounds in his 28 minutes and had 3 assists for this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Houston Baptist was Pedro Castro. He notched 19 points in his 29 minutes on the court via 7 out of 10 shooting in the matchup. Castro ended the game having shot 70.0% from the field and also contributing 3 assists and 11 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston Baptist (+16.5)
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