Check out our free Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Incarnate Word pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in San Antonio. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Incarnate Word Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Islanders vs Cardinals Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at Incarnate Word Cardinals
- Where: San Antonio at McDermott Convocation Center
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi -9.5, TAMU -500 | INCAR +365 O/U 142.0
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-6. On the road, the Islanders will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 1-5. This season, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 4-2. For today’s contest, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has a betting line set -9.5 points in their favor.
Isaac Mushila comes into today’s game as the Islanders’ leading scorer at 14.67 points per contest. Not only has Mushila been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s top rebounder at 9.6 boards per contest. Behind Mushila, the team has benefited from the strong play of Trey Tennyson, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.07 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.4% of his shots and is adding 1.67 boards per game.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi comes into today’s matchup vs Incarnate Word, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 76.9 points per game. Through 15 games, they have hit 44.3% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Islanders have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 255th in possessions per game.
Incarnate Word will take the floor against the Islanders with an overall record of 6-9. So far this season, Incarnate Word has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-1. For the season, Incarnate Word has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 2-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cardinals being +9.5 point underdogs.
Incarnate Word will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jonathan Cisse who is averaging 13.4 points per game for the Cardinals. Cisse 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 Cardinals’ offensive game plan is the play of Trey Miller who has hit 43.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.33 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Incarnate Word this season, as they are currently ranked 327th in college basketball at 67.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cardinals’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 181st in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Incarnate Word Cardinals +9.5
Our analysis for this game between the Incarnate Word Cardinals and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders points to Incarnate Word covering the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. We see the line for this matchup being set too high, leaving an opportunity for Incarnate Word to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Cardinals 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, Incarnate Word won’t be forced to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Heading into the game, our model recommends locking in a bet on the Incarnate Word Cardinals at +9.5.