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Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Cleveland State Vikings - 2/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland State Vikings (15-11) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (21-6)

College Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Resch Center)

The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Cleveland State Vikings will travel to the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Cleveland State Vikings improved to 16-11 (10-3 Horizon) on the season after defeating the UIC Flames, 67-59, this past Sunday. Cleveland State shot 55.3% from the field and 53.3% (8-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Vikings was Trey Lewis who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Cleveland State is ranked 141st in the RPI Standings and has played the 194th ranked SOS. On the season, the Vikings have been led by Trey Lewis (16.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg) and Anton Grady (13.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 spg). Cleveland State is averaging 67.7 ppg (ranked 167th) on 45.4% shooting (ranked 83rd). The Vikings average 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 104th) on 37.5% shooting (ranked 57th).  Cleveland State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.7 ppg (ranked 63rd) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 124th).  The Vikings average 8.0 spg (ranked 27th) and have a turnover margin of 2.7 (ranked 30th).

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Cleveland State Vikings - 2/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 21-6 (10-3 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Detroit Titans, 96-76, this past Wednesday. Green Bay shot 55.4% from the field and 42.9% (6-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Greg Mays who had 34 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 block. Green Bay is ranked 54th in the RPI Standings and has played the 172nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Keifer Sykes (17.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.1 apg) and Greg Mays (12.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Green Bay is averaging 69.1 ppg (ranked 128th) on 46.5% shooting (ranked 48th). The Phoenix average 13.9 apg (ranked 86th) and commit just 11.9 turnovers per game (ranked 94th). Green Bay is holding their opponents to an average of 60.4 ppg (ranked 43rd) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 76th).  The Phoenix average 7.6 spg (ranked 50th) and have a rebound margin of 2.4 (ranked 104th).

The Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Phoenix are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

This should be a great game as both teams need the win to stay on the heels of Valparaiso who sits in the first place in the Horizon, one game above both Cleveland State and Green Bay. Cleveland State played some tough competition early in the season (@ Iona, @ Louisville, @ Virginia) which I feel is paying off for them now as they have seem to find their stride in conference play winning 6 of their last 8 games. Green Bay has one of the best defensives in the Horizon and has the likely Horizon player of the year in Keifer Sykes leading the charge. This should be a great game, however, I like the well-balanced starting five of Cleveland State to keep this a close game and although I feel the Vikings might fall just short of the victory, I think they'll keep it within the number. Take Cleveland State and the points. 

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