Long Beach State vs. Hawaii - 3/12/15 Big West Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hawaii Warriors (19-12) at Long Beach State 49ers (16-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Long Beach State 49ers -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Long Beach State 49ers meet Thursday in the Big West quarterfinal.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors need a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Hawaii is averaging 73.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 68.4 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Aaron Valdes is averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while Stefan Jankovic is averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. Garrett Nevels is the third double-digit scorer and Roderick Bobbitt is dishing 5.4 assists. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors have four players averaging at least 9.4 points, and they’re shooting 69.3 percent from the line and 32.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Hawaii is allowing 34.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 70 or more points in four of its last five games.
The Long Beach State 49ers look to build on their three-game winning streak. On the season, LBSU is averaging 66.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 66.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Mike Caffey is averaging 15.9 points and 3.7 assists while David Samuels is averaging 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. Tyler Lamb is grabbing 3.7 rebounds and Branford Jones is dishing 1.8 assists. The Long Beach State 49ers have four players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 67.9 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from deep. Defensively, LBSU is allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 58 or less points in three straight games.
In a toss up game, I'm siding with Hawaii and its offensive depth over a streaky LBSU team. Look for the Warriors to come out on top in what should be a good game.