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Chicago State Cougars vs. CS Bakersfield Roadrunners Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/13/14 WAC Playoffs

CS Bakersfield Roadrunners (12-18) at Chicago State Cougars (13-18)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Orleans Arena)

The Line: Chicago State Cougars +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

The Chicago State Cougars take the hardwood with the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners in a WAC postseason contest.

Chicago State kicked off the conference schedule at a promising 3-0 but tailed off for an 8-8 finish which was still good enough for 4th. The up tempo Cougars have scoring potential but can be very erratic while the defense has been consistent in the wrong way meaning bad. The Cougars score around 70 points and allow almost 77 on 45.7% shooting which tells us why this team did not challenge in the WAC. The question is can the defense get enough stops to win the postseason and if not can the offense win a shootout. With three DD scorers and a 4th capable scorer my guess is a shootout is more likely.

Chicago State Cougars vs. CS Bakersfield Roadrunners Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/13/14 WAC Playoffs

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Cal State Bakersfield has looked good and bad in 2013-14 and their record says bad mostly with a 5-11 conference mark. The Roadrunners were streaky with four straight defeats followed by wins in four of five before capping off the regular season with another four defeats. In the losses points weren't exactly flowing but they were in the wins while the defense was all over the map. Obviously consistency is a problem and that is an issue on both sides of the ball. What can be done to get a win in the playoffs? Score, defend and get help from the other team and the last one is a great possibility.

I actually think the Roadrunners have an advantage defensively and then I see Chicago State has beaten them twice and are still a dog. All you can do is laugh, make a pick and have fun because that's all there is in these games with no reasoning sometimes...

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