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Cleveland State vs. San Francisco - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Dons (6-5) at Cleveland State Vikings (5-6)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Wolstein Center)

The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports, ESPN3

The San Francisco Dons and Cleveland State Vikings meet Sunday at the Wolstein Center.

The San Francisco Dons have split their last six games and play their second true road contest. On the season, San Francisco is averaging 73.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 64.8 points on 38.3 percent shooting. Kruize Pinkins is averaging 17.2 points and seven rebounds while Mark Tollefsen is averaging 15 points and six rebounds. Tim Derksen is the third player averaging double-digit points and Matt Glover is grabbing 5.7 rebounds per game. The San Francisco Dons are a quality offensive team that has six players averaging at least five points, while the team is shooting 55.8 percent from the free throw line and 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, San Francisco is forcing 13.2 turnovers per game and is allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep.

Cleveland State vs. San Francisco - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland State Vikings have also split their last six games and would love to get back to a .500 record. On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 62 points on 39 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 43 percent shooting. Trey Lewis is averaging 18.9 points and 3.6 assists while Anton Grady is averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Marlin Mason is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Andre Yates is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The Cleveland State Vikings rely on their defense that’s forcing 15 turnovers per game and has allowed no more than 70 points in seven straight games. Offensively, Cleveland State is shooting 72.8 percent from the free throw line and 36.1 percent from beyond the arc. Cleveland State has six players averaging at least 5.5 points per game.

The Dons are 42-19-2 ATS in their last 63 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games. 

Both of these teams are so up-and-down that the best pick would probably be leaving this game alone. However, the Cleveland State Vikings have played better comp and should be better prepared for this matchup against a San Fran team that's been on the road just once. I'll take the Vikings and the chalk. 

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Cleveland State Vikings -6.5

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