Horizon 2nd Round-Cleveland State Vikings vs. Detroit Titans - 3/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Titans (15-17) at Cleveland State Vikings (17-13)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)
The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -6 .5-- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Titans square off with the Cleveland State Vikings in round two of the Horizon playoffs on Friday night.
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The Cleveland State Vikings enjoyed a top four finish in the Horizon League at 11-5 although I thought their record might have been a tad better then 17-13 although I always seem to expect a lot from this team. The Vikings were consistent at both ends of the floor at 67 points scored and 62 points allowed in league play but struggled when facing top tier competition with no significant non conference win.
The top of the rotation were strong performers at the offensive end with Trey Lewis pacing the offense with 16 points and almost 4.5 boards. A healthy Anton Grady averaged 13.5 points and a team high 7.6 rebounds. Charlie Lee added another 12.6 points with this trio each shooting well over 40%. Cleveland has other capable scorers but none that I would consider to consistent double digit threats.
This isn’t the strongest Detroit Titans squad we have seen but in many ways this team is similar to those from past seasons in that they always have an offense that can score and a defense that can be scored on. The offense was center stage in their opening heround 77-67 victory versus Youngstown State where a 49-30 second half run overcame a seven deficit. Both teams hit shots sank shots in the 47%-49% range with a 17-9 advantage at the charity stripe being decisive.
The Penguins problems came in the form of the tandem of Chris Jenkins and Juwan Howard Jr. who dominated the scoreboard with 21 and 20 points respectively with Jenkins hauling in a team high nine rebounds with Howard snagging six boards on a combined 15-27 marksmanship. Paris Bass contributed eleven points and blocked three shots while Anton Wilson and Matthew Grant added seven and six points. It was a good combination of explosiveness and balance with eight players scoring overall.
The Titans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 vs. Horizon League. Detroit are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Vikings are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. loss and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games. Cleveland State are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Horizon League. The Vikings are the better team and Detroit is unpredictable enough to cover…