Sam Houston State Bearkats vs. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
Date/Time: March 15, 2014, 8:30 p.m. EST
Where: Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
The college basketball conference championships are coming to a close with a big weekend littered with championship games. These games are very vital to the teams that are desperately attempting to get noticed by the NCAA tournament committee and get their ticket punched to the big dance. In the smaller college basketball conferences like the southland conference, there is only one way to get into the race for the national championship and that is by winning the tournament.
The chance to make the big dance is the dream for every school. That is why the pressure is on the Sam Houston State Bearkats and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks to get the win today as they compete for the SouthLand Conference Tournament championship. Sam Houston will have their hands full in this game as they will be battling against the No. 1 seed overall.
It all started with an upset for the Bearkats. Kaheem Ransom scored 15 points as third-seeded Sam Houston State made its free throws down the stretch to beat No. 2 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 69-63 in a semifinal that was very close until the end. The Bearkats used a 12-0 run midway through the first half, including Will Bond’s 3-pointer, to take a 39-29 lead into the break. They never let up and used that run to fuel their motivation and momentum as they stayed on top of the game for the rest of the way out. It will not get any easier on Saturday against the top seed in the tournament.
The latest college basketball betting trends for this tournament championship reveal that the wagering angles favor Sam Houston State in this game. The Bearkats are 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Lumberjacks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
Sam Houston is playing inspired basketball, but this is the time of the year when teams rise to the occasion and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are the best and will prove it on Saturday night with a big win.
Free Pick: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
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