Detroit vs. Cleveland State - 1/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (5-9) at Detroit Titans (7-5)
College Basketball: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Calihan Hall)
The Line: Detroit Titans -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3; WADL TV-38
The Cleveland State Vikings will travel to Calihan Hall to take on the Detroit Titans this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Cleveland State Vikings dropped to 5-9 (0-1 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 86-68, this past Saturday. Cleveland State struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t get enough stops in the 2nd half to make a run in the loss. Cleveland State shot just 37.1% from the field and 15.4% (4-26) from beyond the arc. The Vikings allowed the Golden Grizzlies to shoot 48.2% shooting from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from three-point range. Leading the way for Cleveland State was Vinny Zollo who had 10 points, 8 rebounds, and a block. On the season, the Vikings have been led by Rob Edwards (11.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 spg), Demonte Flannigan (9.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and Andre Yates (9.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, Cleveland State is averaging 61.4 ppg on 39.3% shooting from the field and 30.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Vikings average 5.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.81. Defensively, Cleveland State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.4 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
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The Detroit Titans snapped their two game losing streak and improved to 7-5 (1-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 96-87, this past Saturday. Detroit used a big 2nd half to outscore the Penguins by a 59-44 margin to get the win. Detroit shot 47.8% from the field and outrebounded Youngstown State by a 53-20 margin. The Titans allowed the Penguins to shoot 51.7% from the field and 33.3% (9-27) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Detroit was Anton Wilson who had 34 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Titans have been led by Paris Bass (16.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.4 apg), Anton Wilson (15.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Chris Jenkins (13.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Detroit is averaging 85.0 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field and 40.5% shooting from three-point range. The Titans average 10.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.98. Defensively, Detroit is allowing their opponents to average 83.3 ppg on 46.4% shooting. The Titans have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Vikings are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games following a straight up loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Titans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
Cleveland State was hit hard in the off season and it has shown on the offensive end as the Vikings are ranked 338th in the nation in scoring offense. Detroit is an experienced team that likes to keep the tempo fast although they do struggle on the defensive end as they rank 336th in scoring defense. Cleveland State has struggled on the road this season and I think Detroit’s offense will be able to put up points on the Vikings in this one and cover this spread. Take Detroit to cover.