The Grand Canyon Antelopes will be hosting the Abilene Christian Wildcats on Friday in a Western Atheltic Conference matchup. Grand Canyon is 16-10, but they’re on a two-game skid, most recently falling to Rio Grande Valley at home. Abilene Christian is 13-12, and they’re playing well at the moment, winning three of their past four heading into tonight. When these two met a few weeks ago, Grand Canyon squeezed out a 75-73 win on the road. Tonight, we’ll see if their second meeting can be just as competitive, even with the change of scenery.
Abilene Christian Wildcats vs. Grand Canyon Antelopes Betting Odds
|Abilene Christian Wildcats||+6.5 (-105)||Over 144.5 (-110)||+235|
|Grand Canyon Antelopes||-6.5 (-115)||Under 144.5 (-110)||-280|
Abilene Christian Wildcats vs. Grand Canyon Antelopes Match Details
Fixture: Abilene Christian Wildcats @ Grand Canyon Antelopes
Date & Time: Friday, February 17, 11:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: GCU Arena
Abilene Christian Wildcats vs. Grand Canyon Antelopes Key Stats
Abilene Christian has scored 106.5 points per 100 possessions, and over their last five games, they’ve shot over 47% last game. Last time out versus Sam Houston State, they shot poorly, but their offense has looked good for the most part. The Wildcats don’t really have one go-to scorer, but six players average at least 8.5 points per game. Spreading the scoring around has helped ACU stay efficient, but their defense, or lack thereof, has been their downfall. The Wildcats allow teams to shoot almost 47% from the field; in road games, that figure jumps to over 50%. Tonight, they’ll need to buckle down defensively and force the visitors into tough looks.
Grand Canyon is averaging 109.2 points per 100 possessions, and leading scorer Rayshon Harrison (16.8 PPG) has been a central part of the offense. In addition to Harrison, Gabe McGlothan has been a force down low (11.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG), and overall, the Antelopes have been pretty efficient. Defensively, GCU has held teams to right around 40% on the year, but when they played Abilene Christian, the Wildcats shot over 47%. Fortunately for the Antelopes, they were able to shoot over 50% and out-rebound their opponents en route to a narrow two-point win. Tonight, GCU will look to improve upon their 12-3 home record against a hot ACU squad.
Abilene Christian Wildcats vs. Grand Canyon Antelopes Betting Prediction
Both teams are right around .500 in conference games, but GCU is just 4-9 against the spread versus WAC schools. While ACU hasn’t been great ATS, they have gone 4-1-1 ATS in their previous six. Grand Canyon is the more talented side, but they’ve only covered one of their past nine games, which is a result of several closely contested games where they were decently-sized favorites. Tonight, look for Abilene Chrisitan to keep the game tight enough to cover, even if the hosts pull out the win.
Prediction: Abilene Christian +6.5 (-110)
Lucas Abrenica’s NCAA Basketball ATS & ML picks this season are 67-52-3 (+93 units)