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Hawaii Warriors vs. Long Beach State 49ers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/31/14

Long Beach State 49ers (7-12) at Hawaii Warriors (14-5)

College Basketball: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:00 am (Stan Sheriff Center)

The Line: Hawaii Warriors -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: The Hawaii Warriors eye four straight victories when they square off with the visiting Long Beach State 49ers Thursday.

The Breakdown: Hawaii sits in a three-way tie for 3rd place in the Big West, improving to 3-2 after taking its third consecutive in a 90-86 overtime thriller over UC Irvine Saturday. The Warriors were outshot from the floor 55.0 percent to 47.8 percent, but finished with a 40-32 advantage on the boards and connected on 20 of 26 from the free throw line. All five Hawaii starters scored in the double-figures. Sophomore F Isaac Fotu led all scorers with 30 points on 13 of 16 from the field; junior G Garrett Nevels had 19 points to go along with 6 rebounds; junior G Keith Shamburger scored 17 points and dished out 11 assists; senior F Christian Standhardinger had 14 points and 7 boards and senior G Brandon Spearman added 10 points. On the season, the Warriors are averaging 82.7 ppg on 48.4 percent shooting. Standhardinger leads the team with 18.2 ppg, followed by Fotu at 14.9 ppg.

Hawaii Warriors vs. Long Beach State 49ers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/31/14

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Meanwhile, Long Beach State is also 3-2 and tied with Hawaii and Santa Barbara for 3rd place in the conference. The 49ers come in on a two-game winning streak, having topped Cal State Northridge 76-62 Saturday behind 23 point and 7 rebounds from junior G Mike Caffey. Long Beach State shot 46.9 percent from the field and hit 3 of 20 from outside the arc to the Matadors’ 40.3 percent from the floor and 3 of 15 from distance. The 49ers are edged Northridge on the boards 39-37 and forced 15 turnovers. Senior F Dan Jennings had 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds and junior G Tyler Lamb added 10 points. Through 19 games, Long Beach State is averaging 66.7 ppg on 40.3 percent shooting. Caffey leads the team with 16.5 ppg, followed by Lamb at 16.1 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -7 for Hawaii and this looks to be a good matchup as both teams have some scorers. Hawaii appears to have a bigger arsenal, though, with four of its starters averaging double-figures in scoring. Look for the Warriors to cover.

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