The UIW Cardinals (4-12, 1-4 SthLnd) look to put an end to an eight-game road losing streak when they clash with the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (14-3, 5-1 SthLnd) at William R. Johnson Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
UIW Cardinals at Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks ATS Preview
In the Cardinals’ last contest, they fell to the McNeese State Cowboys, 72-56. UIW’s Vincent Miszkiewicz had a good game, recording 14 points and 13 rebounds. McNeese State’s effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over UIW. The Cowboys had a rate of 0.571 (below their season average of 0.594), while the Cardinals posted a mark of 0.438 (below the 0.520 mark opponents have averaged against McNeese State this season).
The Lumberjacks will look to maintain momentum after narrowly defeating the Central Arkansas Bears in their last matchup, 77-76. Stephen F. Austin was lifted by Kevon Harris, who led the team in scoring with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Stephen F. Austin’s effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Central Arkansas. The Lumberjacks had a rate of 0.648 (above their season average of 0.542), while the Bears posted a mark of 0.551.
Stephen F. Austin could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense faces off against one of the nation’s worst defenses. The Lumberjacks rank 49th in offensive efficiency, while UIW ranks 279th in defensive efficiency. Ball protection could be troublesome for the Cardinals. They rank 264th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 20.6 percent), while the Lumberjacks force the most turnovers in the country (opponents’ turnover percentage of 29.9 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Lumberjacks won both meetings last season. In the last contest, Stephen F. Austin won 81-54. The Lumberjacks played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.644 and a turnover percentage of 17.7. The Cardinals were 0.420 and 26.8, respectively, for those same stats.
UIW Cardinals at Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Betting Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Stephen F. Austin, ATS Winner – Stephen F. Austin, O/U – Over
Stephen F. Austin ranks third in steals per game (10.6) while UIW ranks 106th (6.9).
The Lumberjacks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.4, down from 14.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cardinals have scored an average of 62.8 points per game (2.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 75.4 points per game (3.1 above their season average).