Wisc-Milwaukee vs. Cleveland State - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (8-19) at Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (16-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm (UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena)
The Line: Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Cleveland State Vikings will travel to UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to take on the Milwaukee Panthers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Cleveland State Vikings dropped to 8-19 (3-11 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Valparaiso Crusaders, 66-43, this past Tuesday. Cleveland State couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end against the stout Valparaiso defense and was down by double digits throughout the 2nd half in the loss. Cleveland State shot just 28.6% from the field and was outrebounded by Valparaiso by a 36-27 margin. The Vikings allowed the Crusaders to shoot 45.8% from the field and 33.3% (6-11) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Cleveland State was Demonte Flannigan who had 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Vikings have been led by Rob Edwards (11.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Demonte Flannigan (11.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg), and Andre Yates (9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Cleveland State is averaging just 61.7 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field and 31.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Vikings average 5.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.77. Defensively, Cleveland State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.6 ppg on 44.8% shooting. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -2.3 and average 6.3 steals per game.
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The Milwaukee Panthers lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 16-11 (7-7 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Green Bay Phoenix, 70-68, this past Monday. Milwaukee fought back from a 39-31 deficit to take a 68-67 lead with 2:15 left to play but was held scoreless by the Phoenix the rest of the way in the loss. Milwaukee shot 44.6% from the field and 39.1% (9-23) from beyond the arc. The Panthers held the Phoenix to 43.5% shooting from the field but loss the turnover battle by a 16-6 margin. Leading the way for Milwaukee was Jordan Johnson who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Matt Tiby (15.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.1 apg), Akeem Springs (13.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Jordan Johnson (12.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 8.0 apg). Offensively, Milwaukee is averaging 78.6 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field and 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers average 9.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.53. Defensively, Milwaukee is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 45.9% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home however, just 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Panthers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Cleveland State has lost 6 of their last 7 games and continue to struggle on the offensive end as they rank just 338th in the country in scoring offense and 298th in FG %. Milwaukee has struggled as of late losing 4 of their last 6 games and have had their own issues on the offensive end as in those losses, have averaged just 72.0 ppg. Milwaukee has a solid 6-3 record at home and is averaging 81.4 ppg at home this season and as the Vikings are averaging just 62.7 ppg on the road, I think Milwaukee gets back on track in this one and covers with a big home win.