One college basketball betting matchup of interest on Wednesday’s slate features a former Western Athletic Conference program against a team brand new to the WAC this season. The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners, now in the Big West, will travel to the Lone Star State to take on the Abilene Christian Wildcats. Both teams ride multi-game-winning streaks into this contest. The betting odds and trends point towards the current WAC basketball program getting the better of this CSU Bakersfield vs Abilene Christian showdown.
This college basketball betting preview for the CSU Bakersfield vs Abilene Christian matchup will provide game info, betting odds, trends, picks and a link to stream the action live.
CSU Bakersfield vs Abilene Christian College Basketball Betting Preview and Prediction
College Basketball Regular Season Game
CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (4-2, 1-2 Away) vs. Abilene Christian Wildcats (6-2, 5-0 Home)
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021
Start Time: 8 p.m. EST
Venue: Moody Coliseum — Abilene, TX
CSU Bakersfield enters Wednesday night’s road contest with momentum. The Roadrunners have won three straight and four of their last five games overall. After pulling off a stunning upset of Boise State the day after Thanksgiving, Bakersfield most recently edged Idaho by one last Saturday. Senior guard Justin McCall has been the most consistent option this season for a challenged Bakersfield offense. He enters Wednesday’s matchup averaging 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Abilene Christian comes in having won six straight games, the last five of which have all come by double-digits. The experienced Wildcats have faced three non-Division I opponents, but also played SEC foe Texas A&M to a one-point decision earlier in the season. Led by senior guards Coryon Mason and Mahki Morris, as well as junior forward Airion Simmons, Abilene Christian has a fairly decisive edge in both experience and talent compared to Bakersfield. Of course, the Wildcats gained notoriety on the national level last season by means of their March Madness upset win over Texas.
Matchup Features Stark Contrast in Pace of Play
One other element for those making college basketball betting picks on this game to note is the large difference in tempo between these two teams. CSU Bakersfield ranks 292nd in Division I hoops averaging only 68.2 possessions per game. The Roadrunners’ 59 points scored in their win over Idaho last weekend marked their highest point total against a D-I opponent to date. Contrast that with an Abilene Christian outfit that loves to get out and run. The Wildcats average just over 77 possessions per game, the 11th most in all of college basketball.
CSU Bakersfield vs Abilene Christian College Basketball Betting Odds
Moneyline: CSB: (+300) | ACU: (-400)
Spread: CSB: +8.5 (-110) | ACU: -8.5 (-110)
Total: 131.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: CSB: (28%) | ACU: (72%)
CSU Bakersfield vs Abilene Christian College Basketball Betting Trends
- Roadrunners are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
- Roadrunners are just 1-4 straight up in their last five road games.
- Eight of the Roadrunners’ last nine games against WAC basketball opponents have gone under the total.
- Wildcats are a perfect 18-0 straight up in their last 18 home games.
- The total has gone over in 14 of the Wildcats’ last 18 games played as a college basketball betting favorite.
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CSU Bakersfield vs Abilene Christian Stats
- CSU Bakersfield is averaging 68.5 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 8 in the Big West).
- CSU Bakersfield is surrendering 67.4 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 4 in the Big West).
- Abilene Christian is averaging 84.0 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 1 in the WAC).
- Abilene Christian is surrendering 63.6 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 1 in the WAC).
CSU Bakersfield vs Abilene Christian Prediction
This college basketball prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Abilene Christian an 89.0% chance to win this Big West vs WAC nonconference matchup.