Detroit Titans vs. Cleveland State Vikings Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/31/14
Cleveland State Vikings (14-9) at Detroit Titans (10-13)
College Basketball: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Calihan Hall)
The Line: Detroit Titans +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: Cleveland State eyes four straight when they take the road to square off with Detroit Friday at Calihan Hall.
The Breakdown: The Vikings sit in a three-way tie for 2nd place in the Horizon League, improving to 5-3 with an 82-68 victory over Eastern Illinois Tuesday. Sophomore G Bryn Forbes led the way with 25 points, including 4 of 8 from downtown and 5 of 5 from the foul line, sophomore G Trey Lewis had 17 points and 9 rebounds and sophomore F Anton Grady added 10 points and 8 boards. Cleveland State connected on 28 of 56 from the field and 9 of 16 from outside the arc, while keeping the Panthers to 44.9 percent from the floor and 7 of 16 from distance. The Vikings also finished with a 34-26 advantage on the boards and converted on 17 of 18 from the free throw line. On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 74.0 ppg on 47.4 percent shooting. Forbes leads the team with 16.2 ppg, followed by Lewis at 14.1 ppg.
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Detroit, meanwhile, is tied for 7th place in the conference with a record of 3-5 and comes in off a 74-68 victory over Illinois-Chicago Wednesday. Juwan Howard, Jr. led all scorers with 25 points on 10 of 18 from the field, sophomore G Anton Wilson had 16 points off the bench, including 3 of 5 from downtown, and senior F Evan Bruinsma added 15 points and 9 rebounds. The Titans connected on 28 of 57 from the floor and 8 of 20 from outside the ac to the Flames 42.4 percent from the field and 4 of 14 from distance. Through 23 games, Detroit is averaging 71.6 ppg on 41.5 percent shooting. Howard leads the team with 17.7 ppg, followed by Bruinsma at 12.1 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -2 for Cleveland State. The Vikings topped Detroit by 10 last time out , not to mention thy're a much more accurate shooting team from the floor. Look for Cleveland State to cover.
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