Long Beach State vs. CS Fullerton - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
CS Fullerton Titans (9-16) at Long Beach State 49ers (14-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm (The Walter Pyramid)
The Line: Long Beach State 49ers -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket; Fox Sports San Diego; Fox College Sports Atlantic
The Cal State Fullerton Titans will travel to the Walter Pyramid to take on the Long Beach State 49ers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Cal State Fullerton Titans lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 2-10 (9-16 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the UC Irvine Anteaters, 96-77, this past Wednesday. Cal State Fullerton was only down by a 42-36 margin at halftime in this one but allowed the Anteaters to score 60 2nd half points to pull away in this one. Cal State Fullerton shot 50.9% from the field and 48.0% (12-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Titans allowed the Anteaters to shoot 60.7% from the field and 54.2% (13-24) from three-point range. Leading the way for Cal State Fullerton was Malcolm Brooks who had 22 points, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Titans have been led by Tre Coggins (16.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), Khalil Ahmad (14.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Malcolm Brooks (12.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Cal State Fullerton is averaging 71.6 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field and 34.3% shooting form beyond the arc. The Titans average 6.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.78. Defensively, Cal State Fullerton is allowing their opponents to average 74.0 ppg on 34.3% shooting. The Titans average 5.4 steals per game and have a rebound margin of 0.5.
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The Long Beach State 49ers won their 5th straight game and improved to 14-12 (8-3 Big West) on the season after defeating the UC Davis Aggies, 57-48, this past Saturday. Long Beach State was able to get out to a 25-16 lead at halftime and although the Aggies fought back, the 49ers used an 8-4 run late in the 2nd half to take 53-47 lead and held on for the victory. Long Beach State shot 35.7% from the field and just 13.6% (3-22) from beyond the arc. The 49ers held the Aggies to 34.7% shooting from the field and 9.1% (1-11) from three-point range. Leading the way for Long Beach State was Gabe Levin who had a double-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a steal. On the season, the 49ers have been led by Nick Faust (17.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Justin Bibbins (10.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.0 spg), and Gabe Levin (10.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.6 apg). Offensively, Long Beach State is averaging 74.6 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field and 38.0% shooting form beyond the arc. The 49ers average 8.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, Long Beach State is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 44.1% shooting. The 49ers have a rebound margin of -1.7 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The Titans are 17-35-1 ATS in their last 53 vs. Big West opponents and 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 road games. The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Cal State Fullerton has really struggled as of late as during their four game losing streak they are allowing their opponents to average 82.0 ppg. Long Beach State has been on a roll over the past few weeks and has really stepped it up on the defensive end as during their five game winning streak they’re holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg. Long Beach State is a solid 8-2 at home this season and as they were able to get a 14-point win on the road against the Big West leading Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, I think the 49ers will be able to do enough at home against Cal State Fullerton to cover this large spread. Take Long Beach State to cover.