WAC foes will collide when the California Baptist Lancers (17-6, 7-2 WAC) square off with the Grand Canyon Antelopes (9-13, 4-4 WAC) at the CBU Events Center. Action begins at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Grand Canyon Antelopes vs. California Baptist Lancers ATS Preview
The last time the Antelopes played, they were blown out by the New Mexico State Aggies, 72-52. With 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting, Carlos Johnson was Grand Canyon’s leading scorer. New Mexico State held the Antelopes to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.2 (below their season average of 23.7). Grand Canyon, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.184 vs. 0.103).
The Lancers hope to maintain momentum after defeating the Bakersfield Roadrunners in their last game, 74-69. California Baptist received a boost from De’jon Davis, who recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds. California Baptist played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.339 (above their season average of 0.272) and a turnover percentage of 13.1 (better than their season average of 16.2). Bakersfield was 0.196 and 19.2, respectively, for those same stats.
These two teams have already met once this season. The Lancers won 61-57. California Baptist had a better effective field goal percentage (0.403 vs. 0.354). Grand Canyon, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.169 vs. 0.104). Despite the loss, Johnson was a top performer in the game with 18 points and eight rebounds.
California Baptist could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their high-octane offense squares off against one of the worst defenses in the NCAA. The Lancers rank 20th in offensive efficiency, while Grand Canyon ranks 307th in defensive efficiency.
Grand Canyon vs. California Baptist ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – California Baptist, ATS Winner – California Baptist, O/U – Over
The Antelopes rank 45th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Lancers rank 111th (3.4).
Grand Canyon ranks 223rd in steals per game (4.9) while California Baptist ranks 243rd (4.0).
California Baptist ranks eighth in rebounds per game (41.0) while Grand Canyon ranks 250th (33.0).
The Lancers rank 53rd in three pointers attempted per game (25.3) while the Antelopes rank 249th (18.6).
California Baptist averages 14.4 assists per game, which ranks 64th in the NCAA. Grand Canyon ranks 187th in assists allowed per game (14.0).
The Lancers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.6, down from 10.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Antelopes have scored an average of 71.4 points per game (6.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.4 points per game (4.8 above their season average).