Check out our free Tarleton State vs Air Force pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Colorado Springs. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Tarleton State vs Air Force Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 18th Betting Odds
Texans vs Falcons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Tarleton State Texans at Air Force Falcons
- Where: Colorado Springs at Clune Arena
- Date: Sunday, December 18th
- Betting Odds: Tarleton State +3, TARL +131 | AIRF -161 O/U 125.5
Tarleton State will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Air Force in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far, the Texans have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 2-4. For the season, Tarleton State has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 2-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Texans being +3 point underdogs.
Freddy Hicks comes into today’s game as the Texans’ leading scorer at 17.86 points per contest. Not only has Hicks been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Tarleton State’s top rebounder at 6.43 boards per contest. Behind Hicks, the team has benefited from the strong play of Lue Williams who is second on the team in scoring at 10.1 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.0% of his shots and is adding 3.6 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Tarleton State this season, as they are currently ranked 392nd in college basketball at 64.6 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 Texans’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.5%, placing them 447th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Tarleton State, the Air Force Falcons will be taking the floor for the 12th time this season and have an overall record of 7-4. Currently, the Falcons have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 7-2. The Falcons’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Air Force has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 6-1.
Air Force will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jake Heidbreder who is averaging 15.45 points per game for the Falcons. Heidbreder 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 Falcons’ offensive gameplan is the play of Camden Vander Zwaag who has hit 50.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.73 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Air Force this season, as they are currently ranked 466th in college basketball at 59.0 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 Falcons’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.3%, placing them 291st in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Tarleton State Texans +3
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Air Force as the favorites with a line coming in at -3. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Tarleton State Texans to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Air Force at 7.17 made 3’s per game compared to Tarleton State at 5.03. Look for Tarleton State to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Falcons.