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Cardinals face Sam Houston State Bearkats: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Lamar CardinalsSam Houston State Bearkats
Feb 25, 8:00 PM | Bernard Johnson Coliseum

Lamar Cardinals vs Sam Houston State Bearkats Odds

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Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Bernard Johnson Coliseum Saturday as host Sam Houston State looks to handle the Lamar Cardinals in NCAAB action.

Sam Houston State battles the Cardinals, currently sitting with a 17-11 mark (3-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 1-3 for the Bearkats and 2-1 for the Cardinals.

View Lamar vs Sam Houston State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 39-rated Lamar taking on the No. 143-rated Bearkats in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 72-65 win for the Cardinals on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Sam Houston State's No. 326 nationally ranked offense (59.6 points per game) against a Cardinals defense that sits as the No. 185 at 67.2 PPG. The Bearkats have been averaging 41.8% from the field, less than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (43% on average).

Defensively, Lamar features the nation's No. 217-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.6 points per game. Sam Houston State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 233 nationally in scoring at home.

Lamar was a 62-52 loser in their most recent outing at home against Stephen F. Austin. Mike James scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Cardinals to a win (they lost 62-52 to Stephen F. Austin at Montagne Center on Wednesday).

In their last action, Sam Houston State was a 50-37 winner on the road against Northwestern State. Demarcus Gatlin scored 17 points leading the Bearkats to a 50-37 victory over Northwestern State at Prather Coliseum on Wednesday.

Next up:
Lamar at Texas State, Wednesday, February 29
Sam Houston State home to Stephen F. Austin, Wednesday, February 29