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Cleveland State Vikings vs. Oakland Grizzlies - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Grizzlies (5-10) at Cleveland State Vikings (8-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Wolstein Center)

The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will travel to the Wolstein Center to take on the Cleveland State Vikings this Thursday night.

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies snapped a 5 game losing streak and improved to 5-10 (1-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders 89-75 in OT this past Friday. The Golden Grizzlies shot 40.9% from long-range and forced the Crusaders into committing 15 turnovers. Leading the way for Oakland was Kahlil Felder who had 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Golden Grizzlies are ranked 163rd in the RPI Standings and have played the 20th ranked SOS. On the season, Oakland have been led by Kahlil Felder (17.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.0 apg) and Corey Petros (13.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, the Golden Grizzlies are averaging 73.3 ppg (ranked 66th) on 44.8% shooting. Oakland averages 7.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 57th) on 35.7% shooting (ranked 119th). Defensively, the Golden Grizzlies are allowing their opponents to average 78.5 ppg (ranked 339th) on 47.6% shooting (ranked 332nd). Oakland allows their opponents to shoot 37.5% from beyond the arc (ranked 307th). The Golden Grizzlies grab an average of 22.87 defensive rpg (ranked 247th) and 33.47 total rpg (ranked 241st).

Cleveland State Vikings vs. Oakland Grizzlies - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland State Vikings improved to 8-8 (2-0 Horizon) after defeating the UIC Flames 74-69 this past Sunday. The Vikings shot 59.1% from the field and 50.0% (6-12) from long-range. Leading the way for Cleveland State was Anton Grady who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. The Vikings are currently ranked 169th in the RPI Standings and have played the 149th ranked SOS. On the season, Cleveland State have been led by Trey Lewis (17.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.6 spg) and Anton Grady (12.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, the Vikings are averaging 67.6 ppg (ranked 178th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 146th). Cleveland State does a nice job protecting the ball as they currently average just 12.0 turnovers per game (ranked 78th). Defensively, the Vikings are holding their opponents to an average of 61.9 ppg (ranked 87th) on 41.4% shooting (ranked 139th). Cleveland State averages 8.6 spg (ranked 30th) and grab 31.81 total rpg (ranked 294th).

The Golden Grizzlies are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall however, just 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a S.U. win. The Vikings are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Oakland have played one of the toughest non-conference schedules this year (Iowa State, Arizona, Maryland) and I believe they are better than their record might indicate. Oakland is a great offensive team, however really struggle on the defensive end. Cleveland State has been playing better as of late, but this is a team that can easily go cold on the offensive end. I think Oakland will be able to score enough on the Vikings to keep this one within the spread. Take Oakland and the points. 

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