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HBU Huskies vs Incarnate Word Cardinals Betting Preview

First-Round Battle In Southland

The HBU Huskies go for a third victory over the Incarnate Word Cardinals on Tuesday when the two teams square off in the first round of the Southland Conference tournament in Katy, Texas. HBU defeated Incarnate Word at home just six days ago, 72-67, the Huskies’ only win in their last six games.

The Huskies (5-18) also topped the Cardinals by a 73-57 score on the road in late January. Since that win, HBU has had four postponements and gone 2-6 in games that it did play.

Incarnate Word Cardinals guard Des Balentine #25 handles the ball. Check out our HBU vs Incarnate Word betting preview.
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The Cardinals (8-13) have dropped five in a row coming into the tournament, with their last win coming on Feb. 6. Incarnate Word is the seventh seed in the tournament, while HBU is the 10th seed. The outcome of this HBU vs Incarnate Word betting matchup is important as the the winner of this game advancing to meet sixth-seeded Lamar on Wednesday

When looking at the college basketball odds for this game, HBU is a 2-point favorite, with the over/under set at 144.

HBU vs Incarnate Word Betting: Back In The Game

After missing the Southland Conference tournament a season ago, the Huskies are back, trying for a third straight win over the Cardinals. In the first two meetings this season, HBU had a plus-23 margin on the backboards.

Junior swingman Pedro Castro leads the Huskies in scoring at 14.2 points per game while also pacing the team with 7.2 rebounds per contest. Castro is also leading HBU with 44 3-pointers this season, connecting on 47.8% of his attempts from beyond the arc.

Za-Ontay Boothman comes off the bench to contribute 11.0 points per game. He’s also dangerous from beyond the arc, hitting 38 on the season.

Brycen Long is averaging just 6.0 points per game, but he had 12 off the bench in the Huskies’ most recent game, a loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Huskies need to take care of the basketball in this one, as they rank 12th in the conference in turnover margin with minus-2.70.

Cardinals’ Debut Appearance

The Cardinals are making their first-ever appearance in the Southland Conference tournament, and they hope to make their first showing longer than a game. To do that, they’ll need to be hitting from the perimeter, where they rank 18th in the country with their 38.2% accuracy.

Sophomore guard Keaston Willis is the conference scoring champion, averaging 18.95 points per game this season. Willis is shooting 38.8% from the 3-point line and averaging 2.1 made 3-pointers per contest.

Sophomore forward Marcus Larsson chipped in 8.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game but has been sidelined by injury since early March, taking away a big part of the Cardinals’ interior game.

Senior guard Des Balentine is scoring 7.5 points per game and ranks fifth in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.98) and sixth in assists per game (4.0). Sophomore guard Drew Lutz has come alive of late, averaging 16.7 points over the last three games.

Three In A Row

The Cardinals have been hurt by the absence of Larsson from their lineup, and that will catch up with them in this one as well. HBU has some confidence after two earlier wins over Incarnate Word, and that will play a factor in this game.

HBU has also been in the conference tournament before, while the Cardinals are making their debut. Experience should play a factor in determining who moves on.

When making your college basketball picks, go with HBU to win and cover to advance.

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