Northwestern State at Sam Houston State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Northwestern State at Sam Houston State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern State (15-15) at Sam Houston State (18-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Leonard E. Merrell Center)

The Line: Sam Houston State -5.5 -- Over/Under: 151

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The Northwestern State Demons (15-15, CONF 12-9) and Sam Houston State Bearkats (18-13, CONF 11-9) face off in the Southland Conference tournament at the Merrell Center. Sam Houston State has won the last eight games over Northwestern State. 

Northwestern State hasn’t had the best season, but they come into this game having won three games in a row and they were able to cover the spread in each of those games. 

Over the last five games, Northwestern State is averaging 85 points per game while the defense is giving up 81 points. Overall this season the Demons are averaging 74.6 points while the defense is giving up 77.5 points. 

In the first game of the Southland Conference, Northwestern State put up 79 points against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and that was enough for the win. Northwestern State was led by Jarius Roberson and Chudler Bile who both put up 17 points. 

Sam Houston State had a first round bye in the conference tournament but they lost three games in a row heading into the postseason. Over the last ten games Sam Houston State has only covered two of the spreads. 

In the last two games Sam Houston State scored under 61 points and the offense needs to find a way to get going in this game. 

The Bearkats are led by guard Zach Nutall who is averaging 15.3 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. 

Northwestern State is 15-6 against the spread in their last 21 games overall,. The under is 6-2 in Sam Houston State’s last eight Thursday games.

Northwestern State comes into this game hot and they are going to but up quite a fight in this game. It might not be enough to come away with a win, but it's going to be enough to cover the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Northwestern State +5.5

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