Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs. Cleveland State Vikings - 2/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (17-11) at Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (11-16)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3:30 pm (UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena)
The Line: Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: American Network
The Cleveland State Vikings will travel to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to take on the Milwaukee Panthers this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Cleveland State Vikings improved to 17-11 (11-3 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Green Bay Phoenix, 66-61, this past Friday. Cleveland State shot 45.5% from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Vikings was Anton Grady who had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Cleveland State is ranked 123rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 168th ranked SOS. On the season, the Vikings have been led by Trey Lewis (17.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.0 apg) and Anton Grady (13.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Cleveland State is averaging 67.7 ppg (ranked 166th) on 45.4% shooting (ranked 84th). The Vikings are shooting 37.5% from beyond the arc (ranked 55th) and commit 11.6 turnovers per game (ranked 62nd). Cleveland State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.7 ppg (ranked 64th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 125th). The Vikings average 8.0 spg (ranked 27th) and have a turnover margin of 2.7 (ranked 30th).
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The Milwaukee Panthers improved to 11-16 (6-7 Horizon) on the season after defeating the UIC Flames, 71-60, this past Thursday. Milwaukee shot 43.3% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Steve McWhorter who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Milwaukee is ranked 243rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 136th ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Steve McWhorter (14.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg) and Matt Tiby (12.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.0 apg). Milwaukee is averaging 65.0 ppg (ranked 231st) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 248th). The Panthers average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 122nd) and are shooting 73.5% from the free-throw line(ranked 35th). Milwaukee is holding their opponents to an average of 69.8 ppg (ranked 271st) on 45.9% shooting (ranked 304th). The Panthers pull down 23.74 defensive rpg (ranked 181st) and have a turnover margin of -2.1 (ranked 301st).
The Vikings are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 road games however, just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win. The Panthers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Cleveland State picked up a huge victory in Green Bay and showed us that they have the potential to win the Horizon this year. Milwaukee picked up their first road win of the season with a solid offensive performance against UIC. Winning in Green Bay is tough to do and although Milwaukee is also a tough place to play, Cleveland State knows that if they want to win the regular season Horizon title, they can't afford a letdown in Milwaukee. I can see this game being close at first, but I think that Cleveland State will pull away in the second half and cover this number. Take Cleveland State to cover.