SthLnd foes will collide when the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (10-15, 6-8 SthLnd) square off against the Abilene Christian Wildcats (14-10, 9-4 SthLnd) at the American Bank Center. Action gets underway at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Abilene Christian Wildcats vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Odds Preview
The last time the Wildcats played, they were victorious over the Houston Baptist Huskies, 81-67. Clay Gayman was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting. The Wildcats forced 24 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.569 (above their season average of 0.500).
The Islanders are hoping for a better outcome after their 75-67 loss to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in their last outing. Jordan Hairston was Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s high scorer with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Stephen F. Austin’s 32.3 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who had a rate of 25.0. The Lumberjacks’ mark was below their season average of 38.4.
The ineffective offense of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (316th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 95.5) will clash against the stingy defense of Abilene Christian (10th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 89.6). The Wildcats should have the advantage on that side of the ball. Additionally, the Wildcats, who rank 50th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.268), could earn plenty of trips to the line against the Islanders, who rank 314th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.282).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Wildcats won 68-56. Abilene Christian had a much better turnover percentage (17.2 vs. 31.4). Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.5 vs. 26.8). Kolton Kohl was a top performer in the victory, with 12 points and six rebounds.
Abilene Christian Wildcats at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Free Prediction
Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, ATS Winner – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, O/U – Under
The Islanders rank 120th in blocks per game (3.1) while the Wildcats rank 138th in blocks allowed per game (3.7).
Abilene Christian averages 9.3 steals per game, which ranks 10th in the nation. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ranks 208th in steals allowed per game (8.3).
The Wildcats rank 28th in assists per game (15.3) while the Islanders rank 201st (12.0).
Abilene Christian ranks 11th in three pointers allowed per game (16.9) while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ranks 80th (20.0).
The Islanders’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 0.8, down from 2.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 73.4 points per game (2.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.6 points per game (0.5 below their season average).