Abilene Christian Wildcats vs. Houston Baptist Huskies Odds Preview
The Wildcats defeated the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in their last outing, 78-64. Payten Ricks was the top scorer from either team with 17 points on 4-for-9 shooting. Abilene Christian dominated every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.543 (above their season average of 0.268) and a turnover percentage of 20.0 (worse than their season average of 17.2). For those same stats, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi had marks of 0.204 and 23.9, respectively.
In the Huskies’ last matchup, they were beaten by the Lamar Cardinals, 79-69. With 16 points and seven assists, Ian DuBose had a solid game for Houston Baptist. Lamar’s 0.246 free throw rate was their largest advantage over Houston Baptist, who had a rate of 0.109. The Cardinals’ mark was above their season average of 0.237, while the Huskies’ was below their season average of 0.286.
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of Houston Baptist. Houston Baptist ranks 312th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.5 percent), while the disruptive defense of Abilene Christian forces the second-most turnovers in the country (28.5 percent). Additionally, the Wildcats are among the nation’s elite at getting to the line, ranking 41st in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.276). The Huskies, meanhwile, rank 313th at keeping opponents off the charity stripe with an opponents’ FTA rate of 0.285.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Wildcats won 81-67. The Wildcats’ 15.9 turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Huskies, who had a rate of 27.0. Clay Gayman was the game’s top overall scorer with 19 points.
Abilene Christian ranks 100th in rebounds allowed per game (33.6) while Houston Baptist ranks 249th (38.0).
The Huskies’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.0, down from 15.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 76.8 points per game (1.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 62.2 points per game (1.9 below their season average).