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Bethune-Cookman @ Grambling
Current Records: Bethune-Cookman 5-9; Grambling 8-6
The Grambling Tigers will be returning home after a two-game road trip. Grambling and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will face off in an SWAC battle at 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Assembly Center. The teams split their matchups last year, with Grambling winning the first 68-66 on the road and Bethune-Cookman taking the second 69-63.
While not quite a landslide, the matchup between Grambling and the Texas Southern Tigers on Wednesday was still a pretty decisive one as Grambling wrapped it up with an 85-72 win on the road.
Meanwhile, after constant struggles on the road, the Wildcats have finally found some success away from home. They took their game against the Florida A&M Rattlers on Monday 67-59.
Grambling is the favorite in this one, with an expected 11.5-point margin of victory. There could be an interesting gambling play in this one, as they have done quite well against the spread at home this season while Bethune-Cookman have struggled against the spread on the road.
The wins brought Grambling up to 8-6 and Bethune-Cookman to 5-9. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Grambling have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 38.30%, which places them 18th in college basketball. Less enviably, the Wildcats are 14th worst in college basketball in points allowed per game, with 76.1 on average. So the cards are definitely stacked against Bethune-Cookman.
The Tigers are a big 11.5-point favorite against the Wildcats, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as an 11.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Bethune-Cookman have won two out of their last three games against Grambling.
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