Long Beach State 49ers vs. Hawaii Warriors Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/27/14
Hawaii Warriors (19-8) at Long Beach State 49ers (12-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm (The Walter Pyramid)
The Line: Long Beach State 49ers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Long Beach State eyes three consecutive victories when they welcome Hawaii to The Pyramid Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Warriors improved to 8-5 for 4th place in the Big West after an 86-77 victory over UC Davis Sunday. Hawaii connected on 57.1 percent from the floor and 4 of 11 from outside the arc to Aggies’ 44.2 percent from the field and 9 of 21 from distance. The Warriors also finished with a 34-28 advantage on the boards and converted 18 of 27 from the free throw line. Senior F Christian Standhardinger matched a game-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, sophomore F Isaac Fotu had 18 points and 11 boards, and junior G Garrett Nevels added 13 points. Through 27 games, Hawaii is averaging 80.6 ppg on 47.5 percent shooting. Standhardinger leads the team with 17.8 ppg, followed by Fotu at 15.7 ppg.
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Meanwhile, the 49ers sit in 3rd place in the conference at 8-4 and come in off a 79-57 drubbing of UC Davis last Thursday. Long Beach State connected on 31 of 56 from the floor and 10 of 18 from outside the arc to the Aggies’ 20 of 54 from the field and 3 of 22 from distance. The 49ers dominated the boards 39-20 and converted 7 of 10 from the free throw line. Junior G A.J. Spencer scored a team-high 14 points, junior G Mike Caffey had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, and junior G Tyler Lamb added 11 points.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -4 for Long Beach State. Hawaii scored a 92-83 home victory over the 49ers a month ago so look for the Long Beach to turn things around for the cover this time.