Cleveland State Vikings vs. Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (17-4) at Cleveland State Vikings (12-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Wolstein Center)
The Line: Cleveland State Vikings +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Wisconsin
The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to the Wolstein Center to take on the Cleveland State Vikings this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Green Bay Phoenix won their third straight game and improved to 17-4 (6-1 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders 51-50 over a week ago. Green Bay held Valparaiso to just 34.5% shooting from the field and 20.0% (2-10) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Alfonzo McKinnie who had 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Green Bay is ranked 56th in the RPI Standings and has played the 185th ranked SOS. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Keifer Sykes (19.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.7 spg) and Greg Mays (11.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Offensively, Green Bay is averaging 68.3 ppg (ranked 153rd) on 46.4% shooting (ranked 55th). The Phoenix average 13.3 apg (ranked 135th) and commit 12.4 turnover per game (ranked 129th). Defensively, Green Bay is holding their opponents to an average of 58.4 ppg (ranked 21st) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 38th). The Phoenix average 5.1 bpg (ranked 32nd) and pull down 36.67 total rpg (ranked 81st).
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The Cleveland State Vikings had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-10 (6-2 Horizon) on the season after losing 59-56 to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this past Monday. Cleveland State shot just 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc and committed 20 fouls that led to Oakland going 21-28 from the free-throw line in the loss. Leading the way for the Vikings was Kaza Keane who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Cleveland State is ranked 141st in the RPI Standings and has played the 165th ranked SOS. On the season, the Vikings have been led by Trey Lewis (16.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.1 apg) and Anton Grady (12.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Offensively, Cleveland State is averaging 66.3 ppg (ranked 202nd) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 132nd). The Vikings average 7.1 three-pointer per game (ranked 97th) on 36.6% three-point shooting (ranked 75th). Defensively, Cleveland State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.2 ppg (ranked 59th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 144th). The Vikings average 8.3 spg (ranked 25th) and have a turnover margin of 3.2 (ranked 24th).
The Phoenix are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Vikings are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. loss however, just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.
This will be a great battle of the top two teams in the Horizon as of today. Green Bay is led by their defensive and Keifer Sykes, who is one of the best guards in the country. Cleveland State also has a very strong defensive and has arguably the best starting five in the Horizon led by Trey Lewis and Aston Grady. This should be a great game, however, if their one area of the Green Bay defensive that can be a weakness, it is defending the three-pointer which is what Cleveland State relies on heavily on the offensive end. I think Cleveland State wins this game at home and move into a tie for first-place in the Horizon. Take Cleveland State and the point.