SthLnd foes will battle when the Houston Baptist Huskies (1-11, 1-2 SthLnd) clash with the Lamar Cardinals (8-8, 2-3 SthLnd) at Sharp Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Lamar Cardinals at Houston Baptist Huskies ATS Preview
In the Cardinals’ last contest, they lost to the Nicholls Colonels, 61-52. T.J. Atwood had a solid game for Lamar, putting up 11 points and 11 rebounds. Nicholls held the Cardinals to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.2 (below their season average of 34.4). Lamar, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (8-11; 72.7 percent).
The Huskies are hoping for a better outcome after their 106-79 loss to the Northwestern State Demons in their last outing. With 17 points, Noah Thomasson played well for Houston Baptist. Northwestern State had an effective field goal percentage of 0.690 (above their season average of 0.489). Houston Baptist, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.646 (above their season average of 0.219).
It could be a mistake-prone game for the Houston Baptist offense. Houston Baptist ranks 274th in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.0 percent), while the pesky defense of Lamar forces the 23rd-most turnovers in the country (24.7 percent). Furthermore, the Cardinals, who rank 54th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.4 percent), will battle against the Huskies, who rank 338th in defensive rebounding percentage (64.6 percent).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Cardinals won two out of three meetings last season. In the last matchup, Lamar won 81-79. Lamar won the rebounding battle. The Cardinals had more offensive rebounds (13 vs. six), defensive rebounds (30 vs. 22) and total rebounds (43 vs. 28).
Lamar Cardinals vs. Houston Baptist Huskies Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Houston Baptist, ATS Winner – Houston Baptist, O/U – Over
The Huskies rank 114th in three pointers attempted per game (22.9) while the Cardinals rank 253rd (17.2).
Lamar ranks 146th in assists allowed per game (13.2) while Houston Baptist ranks 246th (21.7).
Lamar averages 9.7 steals per game, which ranks 11th in the nation. Houston Baptist ranks 196th in steals allowed per game (8.9).
The Cardinals rank 78th in rebounds per game (38.2) while the Huskies rank 251st in rebounds allowed per game (41.6).
Lamar ranks 21st in blocks per game (5.4) while Houston Baptist ranks 187th (1.8).
The Huskies’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 16.4, down from 22.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cardinals have scored an average of 65.6 points per game (3.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.4 points per game (3.0 above their season average).