Texas A&M-CC (1-8) vs. Bethune Cookman (3-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 22nd, 3:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Orleans Arena (9,500) -- Las Vegas, Nevada. Television: None. Home Record: Texas A&M-CC 1-3, Bethune Cookman 3-1. Away Record: Texas A&M-CC 0-5, Bethune Cookman 0-8. Neutral Record: Texas A&M-CC 0-0, Bethune Cookman 0-0. Conference Record: Texas A&M-CC 0-0, Bethune Cookman 1-0. Series Record: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders and the Bethune Cookman Wildcats will meet as part of the Las Vegas Classic this afternoon.
Texas A&M-CC has lost its last six games to plummet to 1-8 overall. The team was most recently in action on Monday when it dropped a 66-53 decision to Missouri State, and four of the losses during the current slide have come by double figures.
Bethune-Cookman has suffered defeats in four consecutive outings to fall to 3-9 overall, so the team can certainly empathize with Texas A&M-CC's slow start. The Wildcats are coming off a 75-56 beating at Stanford on Monday and they are a dismal 0-8 away from home thus far.
The Islanders hold a 2-1 series lead over the Wildcats, which includes a 69-65 victory last season as part of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Taking a look at Texas A&M-CC's loss to Missouri State on Monday, the Islanders shot just 34 percent from the field and a lackluster 52.9 percent from the foul line. They also turned the ball over 18 times and suffered a 43-32 rebounding disadvantage, so it isn't hard to figure out why they came out on the wrong end of the decision. Terence Jones scored 19 points for Texas A&M-CC in defeat, as he nailed five three-pointers in the affair. Unfortunately, none of his teammates managed more than eight points. Overall this season, the Islanders are scoring a lowly 55.4 ppg on 36.7 percent field goal efficiency while yielding 67.9 ppg to foes. Jones is netting 14.1 ppg, and Chris Hawkins-Mast provides 11.4 ppg.
Bethune-Cookman was simply outclassed on Monday, as it shot 37.7 percent from the field while permitting 50 percent field goal efficiency to a superior Stanford squad. The Wildcats were outrebounded by a 36-26 margin and outscored 20-10 from the foul line. Adrien Coleman tallied 14 points to pace Bethune- Cookman, but that output would have been even better if not for his 4-of-16 shooting from the field. Stanley Elliott registered 13 points for the 'Cats, who are producing only 58.7 ppg this season on 39.4 percent field goal efficiency. Defensively, the club is permitting 65.2 ppg while being outrebounded by nearly five boards per contest.
The good news for these two teams is that one has to emerge victorious, so one losing skid will come to an end. Give a narrow edge to the Islanders, who figure to knock off Bethune-Cookman in Vegas for the second straight year.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas A&M-CC 65, Bethune Cookman 58
12/22 10:39:02 ET