Check out our free Sam Houston State vs Louisiana-Monroe pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Monroe. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Sam Houston State vs Louisiana-Monroe Pick & Preview: Wednesday, December 14th Betting Odds

Bearkats vs Warhawks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Sam Houston State Bearkats at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
  • Where: Monroe at Fant-Ewing Coliseum
  • Date: Wednesday, December 14th
  • Betting Odds: Sam Houston State -12.5, SMHO -985 | LAMON +608 O/U 130.0

Bearkats Preview:

Sam Houston State will take the floor against the Warhawks with an overall record of 7-2. So far, the Bearkats have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 3-2. This season, Sam Houston State has been favored to win in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 2-0. For today’s contest, Sam Houston State have a betting line set -12.5 points in their favor.

Sam Houston State’s leading scorer this season is Qua Grant who is averaging 13.33 points per contest. So far, Grant has accounted for 16.62% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.67 rebounds per game and 4.56 assists. Donte Powers is the second leading scorer for the Bearkats, averaging 10.0 points per game. Between him and Powers, they are accounting for 29.1% 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.

Warhawks Preview:

Through 10 games, the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks have an overall record of 3-7. So far this season, Louisiana-Monroe has played 4 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-1. For the season, Louisiana-Monroe has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 0-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Warhawks being +12.5 point underdogs.

Louisiana-Monroe will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tyreke Locure who is averaging 13.2 points per game for the Warhawks. Locure is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Warhawks’ offensive gameplan is the play of Victor Baffuto who has hit 56.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.3 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Louisiana-Monroe this season, as they are currently ranked 164th in college basketball at 72.5 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 Warhawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.8%, placing them 269th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +12.5

Our analysis for this game between Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks and the Sam Houston State Bearkats points to Louisiana-Monroe covering the spread as +12.5 point underdogs. We see the line for this matchup being set too high, leaving an opportunity for Louisiana-Monroe to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Warhawks are an excellent candidate to keep the final score closer than oddsmakers are expecting. In these situations, the better team’s pace of play can play a large role in them being able to cover such a large spread. However, given that both sides are near the NCAA average in possessions per game, Louisiana-Monroe won’t be forced to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Heading into the game, our model recommends locking in a bet on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at +12.5.