Southern Utah vs. Long Beach State - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Long Beach State 49ers (4-6) at Southern Utah Thunderbirds (4-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Centrum Arena-UT)
The Line: Southern Utah Thunderbirds +4 -- Over/Under: 166 See the Latest Odds
The Long Beach State 49ers will travel to the America First Events Center to take on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Long Beach State 49ers snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 4-6 on the season after defeating the Stanford Cardinal, 76-68, this past Sunday. Long Beach State was able to pick up their first ever victory over Stanford after pulling away late by closing out the game on a 11-5 run. Long Beach State shot 50.9% from the field and 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the 49ers was Jordan Griffin who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 73.5 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The 49ers are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Long Beach State has been led by Gabe Levin (13.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Bryan Alberts (11.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.0 apg), Jordan Griffin (9.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg), and Deishuan Booker (8.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.9 apg). Defensively, Long Beach State is allowing their opponents to average 83.5 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The 49ers have a rebound margin of -3.8 and a turnover margin of -2.7.
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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds won their 2nd straight game and improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the NAIA San Diego Christian Hawks, 87-68, this past Saturday. Southern Utah led by just a 41-37 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding on the offensive end in the 2nd half and was able to pull away for the easy victory. Southern Utah shot 50.9% from the field and outrebounded the Hawks by a 36-24 margin for the victory. Leading the way for the Thunderbirds was Brandon Better who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. On the season, Southern Utah is averaging 82.0 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Thunderbirds are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Utah has been led by Jadon Cohee (17.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.7 apg), Jamal Aytes (15.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 spg), Brandon Better (12.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg), and James McGee (11.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.9 spg). Defensively, Southern Utah is allowing their opponents to average 82.4 ppg on 49.9% shooting from the field. The Thunderbirds have a rebound margin of -2.4 and a turnover margin of 5.0.
The 49ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Thunderbirds are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Long Beach State picked up a nice win against Stanford after losing their previous two games against Arizona and Fresno State by a combined 71 points, however, the 49ers will need to find some answers on the defensive end if they want to win more as Long Beach State ranks 331st in scoring defense and 319th in defensive FG%. Southern Utah is 3-0 at home this season and although they’ve done a nice job on the offensive end, the Thunderbirds can also struggle on the defense end as they rank 326th in scoring defense and 339th in defensive FG%. Long Beach State has more talent, however, as both teams can put points on the board, I’m going to take the home team and the points in this one.