Lamar Cardinals vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats Pick – NCAAM January 13, 2021

The Southland Conference doesn’t get much love, but we’re going to give Lamar and Sam Houston State a look on Wednesday. There has been speculation of realignment with the Southland going to the WAC, so it may not be for long. The Southland Conference is scheduled to have a six-game football season beginning in February.

If you’re desperate for more football after the Super Bowl, then you’re going to have options in the FCS. I don’t know much about the TV broadcast situation, but I am sure something will be worked out with ESPN to have football on.

The class of the Southland in college basketball this season has been Abilene Christian. The Wildcats are 10-2 on the season and perfect in the conference at 2-0. They’ve won three in a row and are looking good recently. Abilene Christian have to deal with Sam Houston State who are heating up.

It was a slow start for the Bearkats, but they’ve put it together in the last few weeks. Sam Houston is going into this contest with a record of 9-5 through 14 games on their schedule. They are currently on a six-game winning streak, the longest in the Southland Conference.

We went on a winning streak on Tuesday with three straight college basketball winners. Oklahoma State bouncing Kansas as underdogs was our biggest win of the night. That should get the Cowboys in the Top 25 thanks to the win over the No. 6 team in the country. The Jayhawks are a good team, but just far too inconsistent.

If they can get hot at the right time in March, then all bets are off. However, there have certainly been better teams out there than the Jayhawks that look better suited to go through the gauntlet of the NCAA Tournament. Sam Houston State could get into the tournament. They’re one of two teams in the Southland that look competent enough to win the conference.

Lamar has a lot of work ahead of them if they plan on winning the Southland. The Cardinals head to Sam Houston State with an overall record of 3-9 and 1-2 in the conference. They’re coming off a 71-65 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday to end a two-game skid, following a loss against Nicholls State, 76-69. Head below for our free Lamar vs. Sam Houston State pick on January 13, 2021.

Lamar Cardinals vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats NCAA Betting Odds:


  • Lamar +8.5 (-115)
  • Sam Houston St. -8.5 (-105)

  • Lamar OFF
  • Sam Houston St. OFF

  • Over 145 (-110)
  • Under 145 (-110)


Lamar vs. Sam Houston State Prediction:

Sam Houston State has been in terrific form through their previous six outings. The Bearkats have beaten all six foes following a 79-63 loss against the Texas Longhorns on December 16. That was a pretty good effort from Sam Houston State against a vastly superior Texas team. Their losses this season have been against Texas Tech, SMU, Boise State, LSU, and Texas.

Despite playing in the Southland, Sam Houston State has been tested against some big name programs. They’ve made easy work of their other opponents this season. Sam Houston State is coming off a 91-80 win over Central Arkansas on Saturday. The offense was flying around, and has played at a high level for the majority of the season.

Even though they’ve had a tough out-of-conference schedule, the Bearkats are 33rd in the NCAA with 81.5 points scored per game. Then look at what Sam Houston State has done at home. They’ve poured it on for 104.8 points a game, with 84 points against Rice the fewest points the Bearkats have scored on their campus this season. The defense has held up well as well, with 57.8 points against per game. Subtract the games against the teams above and the Sam Houston State defense has been effective.

The 3-9 Cardinals have struggled significantly to score the ball on the road, so if Sam Houston State shows up defensively, this game could turn into a blowout quickly. Lamar has netted just 58.3 points per game as a visitor in the 2020-21 campaign. Overall, they are 331st in the NCAA, having scored only 62.3 points a game. I’m backing Sam Houston State to get the win and cover in this one.


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