SthLnd foes will clash when the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (6-12, 2-5 SthLnd) challenge the Lamar Cardinals (9-9, 3-4 SthLnd) at the American Bank Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Lamar Cardinals vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders ATS Preview
The last time the Cardinals played, they were beaten by the Sam Houston State Bearkats, 80-75. With 19 points on 4-for-6 shooting, V.J. Holmes was the game’s high scorer. Sam Houston State made 10 of their 25 three pointers (40.0 percent). Lamar, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.292 (above their season average of 0.210).
The Islanders are trying to rebound after their 62-56 loss to the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in their last contest. With 14 points and 12 rebounds, Tony Lewis put together a good performance for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Southeastern Louisiana did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (17-23; 73.9 percent). Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, meanwhile, held the Lions to an effective field goal percentage of 0.395 (below their season average of 0.468).
This could end up being a mistake-prone game for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi offense. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ranks 353rd in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 26.2 percent), while the gambling defense of Lamar forces the 17th-most turnovers in the nation (24.8 percent). This contest should be a showdown of conflicting tempos. The up-tempo Cardinals rank 59th in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Islanders rank 315th.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Cardinals won both games played against each other last season. In the most recent contest, Lamar won 63-58. Lamar had a much better turnover percentage (17.6 vs. 26.6). Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, on the other hand, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (14-19; 73.7 percent).
Lamar Cardinals at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Betting Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, ATS Winner – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, O/U – Under
The Islanders rank 149th in three pointers attempted per game (21.7) while the Cardinals rank 254th (17.6).
Lamar ranks eighth in steals per game (9.8) while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ranks 197th (5.4).
The Islanders rank 74th in rebounds allowed per game (33.3) while the Cardinals rank 227th (37.7).
Lamar ranks 23rd in blocks per game (5.1) while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ranks 142nd (2.7).
The Islanders’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.2, down from 4.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cardinals have scored an average of 73.0 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.8 points per game (7.1 above their season average).