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Grand Canyon vs Sam Houston State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Antelopes vs Bearkats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Grand Canyon Antelopes at Sam Houston State Bearkats
- Where: Huntsville at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: Grand Canyon +4.5, GCAN +171 | SMHO -210 O/U 126.5
Grand Canyon heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-4. On the road, the Antelopes will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 1-3. So far, the Antelopes have been the underdog 3 times, going 1-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.
Grand Canyon’s leading scorer this season is Rayshon Harrison who is averaging 13.86 points per contest. So far, Harrison has accounted for 19.34% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.0 rebounds per game and 2.93 assists. Gabe McGlothan is the second leading scorer for the Antelopes, averaging 10.5 points per game. Between him and McGlothan, they are accounting for 34.0% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Grand Canyon this season, as they are currently ranked 194th in college basketball at 71.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Antelopes’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.1%, placing them 172nd in the NCAA.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 11-3. Currently, the Bearkats have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 5-0. The Bearkats’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Sam Houston State has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 4-0.
Sam Houston State’s leading scorer this season is Qua Grant who is averaging 13.21 points per contest. So far, Grant has accounted for 16.58% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.43 rebounds per game and 4.07 assists. Donte Powers is the second leading scorer for the Bearkats, averaging 11.07 points per game. Between him and Powers, they are accounting for 30.5% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Sam Houston State this season, as they are currently ranked 274th in college basketball at 68.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bearkats’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 227th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Sam Houston State Bearkats -4.5
Heading into this matchup, with the Sam Houston State Bearkats sitting as -4.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Sam Houston State and Grand Canyon are averaging 8.7 and 8.16 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Sam Houston State has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Bearkats to cover at -4.5.