Long Beach State vs. Fresno State - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fresno State Bulldogs (5-2) at Long Beach State 49ers (3-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm (The Walter Pyramid)
The Line: Long Beach State 49ers +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Fresno State Bulldogs and Long Beach State 49ers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Walter Pyramid.
The Fresno State Bulldogs look for their first road victory to build on their 5-2 record. The Fresno State Bulldogs are averaging 79.9 points on 49.6 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 47 percent shooting. Deshon Taylor is averaging 19.8 points and 3.3 assists while Bryson Williams is averaging 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds. Jahmel Taylor is the third double-digit scorer and Ray Bowles Jr. is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Fresno State Bulldogs are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 64.6 percent from the free throw line. The Fresno State Bulldogs are allowing 42.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Fresno State Bulldogs have lost five of their last seven road games.
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The Long Beach State 49ers need a feel good victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Long Beach State 49ers are averaging 73.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 82.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Gabe Levin is averaging 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds while Bryan Alberts is averaging 12.8 points and 1.1 assists. Barry Ogalue is grabbing three rebounds and Deishuan Booker is dishing 6.3 assists. The Long Beach State 49ers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Long Beach State 49ers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.6 rebounds per game. The Long Beach State 49ers have won six of their last seven home games.
The Bulldogs are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games, 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The 49ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 4-1 in 49ers last 5 overall and the over is 5-1 in Bulldogs last 6 overall.
I've been off on the Long Beach State 49ers all season, as this team has the offensive firepower to hang around, but they crap the bed whenever I pick them. The good news is that Long Beach State has licked its wounds after a heavy road schedule against quality teams, and this game is at home where the 49ers have had a lot of success. Fresno State is good, but it can struggle on the defensive end and both of its losses have come on the road. I'll take the buckets with Long Beach State.