Stephen F. Austin at Central Arkansas: 3/1/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Stephen F. Austin at Central Arkansas: 3/1/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Tim Flores-USA TODAY Sports

Central Arkansas Bears (4-17) vs Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (14-4)

Game Info: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Farris Center)

Betting Odds: Central Arkansas Bears +10 -- Over/Under: 157.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks will travel to the Farris Center to take on the Central Arkansas Bears this Monday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks had their 5-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 14-4 on the season after being defeated by the Lamar Cardinals, 88-83 (2OT), this past Saturday. Stephen F. Austin struggled with turnovers against Lamar and could not fight back in double-OT after the Cardinals took an 86-82 lead with 2:33 left in double-OT. Stephen F. Austin shot 44.4% from the field and 58.3% from beyond the arc while Lamar shot 43.2% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Stephen F. Austin was outrebounded by Lamar by a 42-39 margin and committed 22 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Lumberjacks was Gavin Kensmil who had a double-double with 18 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, & 3 blocks.

On the season, Stephen F. Austin is averaging 82.3 ppg on 52.6% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks are averaging 5.2 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Stephen F. Austin has been led by Gavin Kensmil (15.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Cameron Johnson (15.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Roti Ware (13.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg), & David Kachelries (11.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.1 spg).

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Defensively, Stephen F. Austin is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks have a rebound margin of 7.3 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Central Arkansas Bears snapped their 10-game losing streak and improved to 4-17 on the season after upsetting Abilene Christian Wildcats, 84-82, this past Saturday. Central Arkansas trailed by a 49-36 margin at halftime, however, the Bears defense was outstanding in the 2nd half and was able to hold off the Wildcats after taking an 81-77 lead with 2:06 left in regulation. Central Arkansas shot 50.9% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc while Abilene Christian shot 45.2% from the field and 52.2% from beyond the arc. Central Arkansas outrebounded Abilene Christian by a 40-34 margin and forced 11 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Rylan Bergersen who had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, & 1 steal.

On the season, Central Arkansas is averaging 70.3 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Central Arkansas has been led by Rylan Bergersen (17.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Eddy Kayouloud (9.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), Jared Chatham (8.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg), & Jaxson Baker (5.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Defensively, Central Arkansas is allowing their opponents to average 81.1 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of -6.0.

The Lumberjacks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and are 4-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Central Arkansas was able to pull off an incredible upset at home against Abilene Christian, however, I find it hard to imagine that the Bears can put back-to-back solid performances together as this is still the same team that currently ranks 202nd in scoring offense, 332nd in scoring defense, & 249th in defensive FG%. Stephen F. Austin has not been great ATS as of late and is also coming off an upset loss, however, this is a Lumberjacks team that can really score the basketball as they come into this game ranked 13th in scoring offense & 2nd in FG% and as I think Stephen F. Austin will be able to put up 80+ points up against the Bears, I am taking Stephen F. Austin to cover this double-digit road spread. Good Luck!

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