College Basketball Picks

Stephen F. Austin vs West Virginia Prediction

When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, March 18, 2016
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, CBS
Line: West Virginia -7.5, Total: 146.5

Lumberjacks vs Mountaineers Preview

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (27-5) is riding a 20 game winning streak and boast one of the nation’s most underrated stars in senior guard Thomas Walkup, who averaged 17.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists and earned the conference tournament MVP for the third straight year. Stephen F. Austin won its third straight Southland Conference tournament on Saturday with a 82-60 rout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and the Lumberjacks led the league in scoring (80.7 points per game) and defense (63.3 points).

WEST VIRGINIA (26-8) was among the nation’s worst 3-point shooting teams during the regular season and that continued in the Big 12 final as they finished 2-of-15 from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers make up for the poor shooting with a high pressure defense that forces more turnovers per possession than any team in the country.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN LUMBERJACKS
Thomas Walkup 16 PTS, 5 REB, 3.7 AST
Clide Geffrard 11 PTS, 4 REB, 0.5 BLK
Demetrious Floyd 11 PTS, 1 REB, 44.9 FG%

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Devin Williams 13 PTS, 10 REB, 48.9 FG%
Jaysean Paige 12 PTS, 4 REB, 47.3 FG%
Jevon Carter 10 PTS, 3 REB, 3.1 AST

Prediction: West Virginia 72, Stephen F. Austin 69