Sam Houston State Bearkats vs Central Arkansas Bears Odds
Sam Houston State travels to Central Arkansas on Saturday, hoping to boost its 13-11 record with a victory over the Bears.
Supporters of the Bearkats have watched them go 13-11 and 2-2 ATS on the year, while the Bears are at 9-14 and 0-0 ATS. In totals betting, the Bears are 0-0, while the Bearkats have a 0-0 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bears at No. 198 and the Bearkats at No. 96 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 74-68 result in favor of the Bearkats.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bearkats is ranked No. 32 in NCAA hoops at 38.6 per game. Contrast that with Central Arkansas’s No. 42 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Central Arkansas is the No. 59-ranked team in the country at 7.4 per game, while Sam Houston State rates No. 126 at 6.6 per game.
Defensively, Sam Houston State features the nation's No. 126-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.2 points per game. Central Arkansas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 nationally in scoring at home.
Sam Houston State was a 74-64 loser in its last match on the road against Oral Roberts. James Thomas scored 11 points in a futile effort to lead the Bearkats to a win (they lost 74-64 to Oral Roberts at Mabee Center on Thursday).
Central Arkansas lost its last outing, a 75-68 result against Texas A&M C.C. on February 14. LaQuentin Miles scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 75-68 to Texas A&M C.C. at Farris Center on Thursday).
Sam Houston State home to Stephen F. Austin, Wednesday, February 20
Central Arkansas at Oral Roberts, Tuesday, February 19