Check out our free Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Lamar pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Beaumont. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Lamar Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Islanders vs Cardinals Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at Lamar Cardinals
  • Where: Beaumont at Montagne Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi -12.5, TAMU -910 | LAMAR +575 O/U 147.0

Islanders Preview:

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will take the floor against the Cardinals with an overall record of 11-7. On the road, the Islanders will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 2-5. So far, the Islanders have been favored 9 times, going 6-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as -12.5 point favorites.

Isaac Mushila comes into today’s game as the Islanders’ leading scorer at 14.0 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 9.89 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 13.33 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.3% of his shots and is adding 1.89 boards per game.

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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi comes into today’s matchup vs Lamar, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 76.9 points per game. Through 18 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.

Cardinals Preview:

The Lamar Cardinals head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 5-13. Currently, the Cardinals have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 4-4. So far, the Cardinals have been the underdog 14 times, going 1-13 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +12.5 underdogs on the spread.

Lamar will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Nate Calmese who is averaging 16.39 points per game for the Cardinals. Calmese 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 Chris Pryor who has hit 37.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.5 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Lamar this season, as they are currently ranked 447th in college basketball at 61.3 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 29.9%, placing them 473rd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Lamar Cardinals +12.5

Our analysis of the game between the Lamar Cardinals and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders suggests that Lamar will cover the spread as +12.5 point underdogs. We believe the spread for this matchup is set too high, providing an opportunity for Lamar to cover. Even if they are behind for most of the game, the Cardinals have a good chance of keeping the final score closer than expected. In these types of situations, the better team’s pace of play can be crucial in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams are close to the NCAA average in possessions per game, Lamar won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Based on our model, we recommend betting on the Lamar Cardinals at +12.5.

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