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Bowling Green vs. Cleveland State - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland State Vikings (4-4) at Bowling Green Falcons (5-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Stroh Center)

The Line: Bowling Green Falcons -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Cleveland State Vikings and Bowling Green Falcons play Saturday at the Stroh Center.

The Cleveland State Vikings have split their first eight games and will play their fifth true road game. On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 66.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting and is allowing 60.5 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Trey Lewis leads the Vikings with 18 points and 3.8 assists while Anton Grady is averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Marlin Mason is the third Cleveland State player averaging double-digit points and Charlie Lee is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Cleveland State Vikings rely heavily on their defense that is forcing 9.5 steals per game and holding six of their last seven opponents to 59 or less points. Offensively, Cleveland State is shooting 72.5 percent from the free throw line and 37.5 percent from deep, numbers that should make them a better offensive team than they are.

Bowling Green vs. Cleveland State - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Bowling Green Falcons look to get back on track after splitting their last four games. On the season, Bowling Green is averaging 63 points on 41.9 percent shooting and is allowing 56.4 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Richaun Holmes leads the Falcons with 12.1 points and 9.1 rebounds while Zack Denny is averaging 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. David Joseph is averaging 3.7 assists per game and Jehvon Clarke is shooting 37.7 percent from the field. The Bowling Green Falcons are an above-average defensive team, forcing seven steals and nearly four blocks while allowing no more than 63 points this season. Offensively, Bowling Green is shooting 71.6 percent from the free throw line and 31.5 percent from deep.

The Vikings are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 22-9-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Falcons are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. 

In a game between two above-average defensive teams, I'm taking the points here. This game could easily go either way and Bowling Green is simply favored due to the home court advangate. 

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Cleveland State Vikings +3.5

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