The Bearkats and Bulldogs are set to face off at 9:00 ET on CBSS. The Bulldogs will host the game at Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, LA. The odds for this Conference USA conference game currently have Louisiana Tech as the -7.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 136.5 points.

SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS VS LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -7.5

This game will be played at Thomas Assembly Center at 9:00 ET on Thursday, March 7th.

WHY BET THE LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-67 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Not only will Louisiana Tech pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Bearkats Pull Off a Road Win?

Sam Houston State enters today’s game as a 7.5-point underdog, and they are 4-8 as the underdog this season. They have gone 18-11 overall, including a 11-3 record in Conference USA action. The Bearkats have won five straight games, and they are 7-9 on the road this season.

Over their last 10 games on the road, the Bearkats have gone just 4-6, and they are coming off an 81-64 win over Middle Tennessee. Sam Houston State’s average scoring margin on the road this season is -3.5 points per game.

As the underdog this season, Sam Houston State has gone 6-6 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 9-7 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they have a 5-5 ATS record.

Sam Houston State has an over/under record of 16-12 this season, and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average scoring total in their games this year (141.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points, which is lower than today’s line.

Sam Houston State recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 81 points against Middle Tennessee. This output exceeded their season average of 72 points per game. Davon Barnes is leading the team in scoring at 13.9 points per contest. Lamar Wilkerson has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 14.1 going into the game.

The Bearkats’ defense is presently ranked 109th nationally, allowing an average of 69.6 points per contest. Sam Houston State’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Middle Tennessee offense to knock down 48% of their shots on their way to putting up 64 points.

Will Louisiana Tech Win at Home?

Entering tonight’s game, Louisiana Tech is 10-1 at home this season, and they have won their last two games at home. Overall, the Bulldogs have won five straight games, and they are 21-8 on the year.

For the season, Louisiana Tech has been favored in 19 of their 29 games, going 16-3 in those contests. The Bulldogs are coming off a 90-84 win over Western Kentucky, and they have gone 9-1 in their last ten games at home.

As the favorite, Louisiana Tech has gone 12-7 vs. the spread this season and they are 7-3 in their last 10 games as the favorite. However, their ATS mark at home is just 6-5 this year and they are 0-3 vs. the spread in their last 3 games at home.

On the season, the over/under record for Louisiana Tech games is 12-14, but in their last three games, the over/under mark is 1-2. The average scoring total in their last three games is 141 points, which is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (137.9). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 136.5.

In their latest game, Louisiana Tech’s offense looked good, scoring 90 points against Western Kentucky. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 48.2% and made 25/32 free throws. Offensively, the Bulldogs hold a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, placing them 141st in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 69th in terms of percentage and 198th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the Louisiana Tech defense is giving up an average of 63.9 points per contest. Against Western Kentucky in their most recent game, the Louisiana Tech defense gave up a total of 84 points while allowing Western Kentucky to hit 43% of their shots.