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NCAA hoops odds preview - Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State

Stephen F. Austin LumberjacksSam Houston State Bearkats
March 9, 3:30 PM | Merrell Center

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs Sam Houston State Bearkats Odds

18-10TEAM RECORD16-12

The Sam Houston State Bearkats host Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday, looking to build on their 16-12 mark against the 18-10 Lumberjacks in college hoops action at Merrell Center.

It's a game in the Southland Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Merrell Center.

The Lumberjacks will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 0-0 ATS against the number this season, while the Bearkats are 0-1 ATS. Stephen F. Austin is 0-0 on the totals; Sam Houston State is 0-0.

View Stephen F Austin vs Sam Houston State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bearkats sit at No. 60 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Lumberjacks sit at No. 87 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Lumberjacks will win this game 76-69.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Sam Houston State's No. 128 nationally ranked offense (70.6 points per game) against a Lumberjacks defense that sits as the No. 2 at 56.5 PPG. The Bearkats have been averaging 44.5% from the field, less than the Lumberjacks have managed so far this season (45.9% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Stephen F. Austin owns the country's No. 21-rated mark, allowing 63 points per game on the highway. Sam Houston State, on the other hand, rates No. 185 in scoring at home.

Stephen F. Austin was a 70-65 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Northwestern State. The Lumberjacks endured a 70-65 loss at the hands of the Demons on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Jereal Scott at Prather Coliseum.

Sam Houston State was a 68-52 winner in its last match at home against Texas State. Sam Houston State got 25 points from Lance Pevehouse en route to a 68-52 victory over Texas State on Saturday at Bernard Johnson Coliseum.