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Cal Poly Mustangs vs. CS Fullerton Titans Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14

CS Fullerton Titans (8-16) at Cal Poly Mustangs (9-15)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Mott Gymnasium)

The Line: Cal Poly Mustangs -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: CS Fullerton and Cal Poly look to avoid consecutive losses when they square off at Robert A. Mott Gym Thursday.

The Breakdown: The Titans dropped to 3-7 for 7th place in the Big West after suffering an 83-80 home loss to Hawaii Saturday. Junior G Alex Harris scored a game-high 29 points, on 10 of 21 shooting, senior G Michael Williams had 16 points and 4 assists, and freshman G Sheldon Blackwell added 15 points and 6 rebounds. The Titans were outshot from the floor 50.0 percent to 44.6 percent and from outside the arc 55.6 percent to 35.3 percent. The Titans finished with a 36-33 advantage on the boards and converted 16 of 22 from the free throw line. Through 24 games, CS Fullerton is averaging 67.4 ppg on 42.5 percent shooting. Williams leads the team in scoring with 16.6 ppg, followed by Harris at 15.5 ppg.

Cal Poly Mustangs vs. CS Fullerton Titans Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14

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Meanwhile, Cal Poly sits in 5th place in the conference at 5-6 and comes in off a 74-65 loss at Long Beach State Saturday. The Mustangs struggled from the floor, connecting on 21 of 60 to the 49ers’ 28 of 52 and from outside the arc, hitting 7 of 21 to 5 of 14 from Long Beach State. Senior G Kyle Hollister scored a team-high 11 points, including 3 of 6 from downtown, senior F Chris Eversley had 12 points and 9 rebounds, and sophomore G Dave Nwaba added 7 points and boards. On the season, Cal Poly is averaging 63.7 ppg on 41.7 percent shooting. Eversley leads the team in scoring with 13.1 ppg, followed by Nwaba at 11.5 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -8.5 for Cal Poly. These two went down to the wire a month ago with the Mustangs squeaking out a narrow 58-56 road victory. These two are fairly close statistically and both are slumping as well with CS Fullerton having dropped 4 of its last 5 and the Mustangs also on the losing end of 4 out of the last 5. Look for a closer game than the spread.

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