Long Beach State 49ers vs. CS Fullerton Titans - 3/13/14 Big West Quarterfinal
CS Fullerton Titans (11-19) at Long Beach State 49ers (14-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Long Beach State 49ers -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cal State Fullerton Titans and Long Beach State 49ers will play Thursday afternoon in a Big West tournament quarterfinal. These teams played twice within the last month, and the home team won each meeting.
The Titans head into this matchup losing four of their last seven games and a 6-10 SU conference record. On the season, they average 67.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allow 71.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting. They’re led by senior guard Michael Williams, who averages 17.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. Other than him, this team can really struggle to put the ball in the hoop, as they also shoot just 66 percent from the free throw line. The Titans are 11-16 ATS overall.
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The 49ers won four of their last six games in order to earn the third seed in the tournament. On the season, they’re averaging 69.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting and are allowing 70.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting. They’re a lot like the Titans, as they don’t score a lot with junior guard Mike Caffey leading the way with 16.2 points. However, they’re a much bigger team that averages 37.1 rebounds per game. The Titans average only 34 boards. Defense can also be an issue at times for the 49ers, as they’ve allowed 80-plus points six times this season. They are 14-12-2 ATS overall.
The 49ers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against teams with a losing SU record. The Titans are 2-5 ATS in their last seven neutral site games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS victory.
The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between these two teams.
Overall, the length and the size of Long Beach State will control this game and lead the 49ers to a double-digit victory.