The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (13-17, 9-10 SthLnd) and Houston Baptist Huskies (4-24, 4-15 SthLnd) will square off at American Bank Center to finish out the regular season. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Houston Baptist Huskies at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Free Preview
In the Huskies’ last outing, they were victorious over the UIW Cardinals, 88-76. Jalon Gates was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Houston Baptist played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 35.3 (above their season average of 32.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.554 (above their season average of 0.497). UIW put up marks of 13.9 and 0.455, respectively, for those same stats.
The Islanders hope to keep it rolling after topping the Sam Houston State Bearkats in their last outing, 71-60. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was lifted by Myles Smith, who was the game’s high scorer with 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.153 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.3 (above their season average of 30.4). For those same stats, Sam Houston State was 0.105 and 28.2, respectively.
It will be a showdown of opposite styles as the fast-paced Huskies (ranked third in the nation in possessions per game) will look to push the more grind-it-out Islanders (269th in possessions per game).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Huskies won 82-77. Houston Baptist did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (24-31; 77.4 percent). Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (19.1 vs. 22.1). Ian DuBose put up a double-double in the victory with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Houston Baptist Huskies vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Betting Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, ATS Winner – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, O/U – Under
The Huskies rank 180th in steals per game (5.7) while the Islanders rank 230th in steals allowed per game (8.5).
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ranks 46th in rebounds allowed per game (32.0) while Houston Baptist ranks 240th (37.2).
The Islanders rank 102nd in assists allowed per game (12.1) while the Huskies rank 263rd (19.2).
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi averages 3.0 blocks per game, which ranks 126th in the NCAA. Houston Baptist ranks 183rd in blocks allowed per game (4.5).
The Islanders’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.2, down from 2.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 78.8 points per game (1.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 85.6 points per game (8.7 below their season average).