Expect a shootout when the Samford Bulldogs (6-8) and the Citadel Bulldogs (6-6, 0-1 SoCon) face off at Pete Hanna Center. Action begins at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
Citadel Bulldogs vs. Samford Bulldogs Odds Preview
Citadel got blown out by the North Carolina State Wolfpack in its last game, 83-63. Kaiden Rice had a good game for Citadel, leading both teams in scoring with 19 points on 7-for-21 shooting. North Carolina State’s 0.197 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Citadel, who had a rate of 0.044.
The last time Samford played, they were thoroughly outplayed by the Georgetown Hoyas, 99-71. Brandon Austin was Samford’s leading scorer with 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Georgetown had more offensive rebounds (20 vs. seven), defensive rebounds (33 vs. 23) and total rebounds (53 vs. 30) than Samford.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after Samford won two out of three meetings last season. In the last game, Samford won 100-71. Samford dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.375 and an absurd effective field goal percentage of 0.705. For those same stats, Citadel was 0.027 and 0.473, respectively.
Citadel vs. Samford Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Samford, ATS Winner – Samford, O/U – Under
Citadel averages 8.2 steals per game, which ranks 46th in the NCAA. Samford ranks 159th in steals allowed per game (7.7).
Citadel ranks 37th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while Samford ranks 63rd (3.1).
Citadel ranks fifth in three pointers attempted per game (30.2) while Samford ranks 261st in three pointers allowed per game (28.2).
Citadel ranks 11th in assists per game (17.3) while Samford ranks 235th in assists allowed per game (17.2).
Citadel averages 38.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 56th in the country. Samford ranks 246th in rebounds allowed per game (39.6).
Samford has been outscored by an average of 2.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Samford has defeated opponents by an average of 0.4 points.
During their last five games, Citadel has scored an average of 97.2 points per game (12.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 80.2 points per game (1.0 above their season average).