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Cleveland State vs. Green Bay - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix (7-9) at Cleveland State Vikings (3-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Wolstein Center)

The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Spectrum Sports - Wisconsin; ESPN 3

The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to the Wolstein Center to take on the Cleveland State Vikings this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Green Bay Phoenix had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-9 (2-1 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the IUPUI Jaguars, 67-63, this past Tuesday. Green Bay and IUPUI went into halftime tied at 33-all, however, the Phoenix couldn’t fight back after an 11-2 Jaguars run gave IUPUI a 57-46 lead with 7:11 left in regulation. Green Bay shot 39.1% from the field and 5.9% (1-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Khalil Small who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Green Bay is averaging 75.2 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Green Bay has been led by Sandy Cohen III (16.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.4 spg), Khalil Small (16.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Kameron Hankerson (9.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and PJ Pipes (8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

Cleveland State vs. Green Bay - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland State Vikings lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 3-11 on the season after being defeated by the Youngstown State Penguins, 80-77, this past Monday.  Cleveland State tied the game up late after trailing for most of the game, however, couldn’t secure the win after the Penguins Cameron Morse hit a game winning three-pointer with just 0.6 seconds left in regulation. Cleveland State allowed Youngstown State to shoot 56.4% from the field and 50.0% (10-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Vikings was Bobby Word who had 24 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 2 steals. On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 67.8 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cleveland State has been led by Kenny Carpenter (12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Bobby Word (11.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Tyree Appleby (11.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.6 spg), and Anthony Wright (8.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Cleveland State is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -9.7 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

The Phoenix are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The Vikings are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games following a straight up loss and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Horizon League opponents.

Green Bay has pretty much traded wins and losses throughout the early part of the season and come into this matchup ranked 172nd in scoring offense, 309th in FG%, and 184th in scoring defense. Cleveland State once against looks destined to finish the season near the bottom of the Horizon League standings as the Vikings rank just 305th in scoring offense and their defense, which is probably the strength of this team, has given up 191 points over their last two games and currently ranks 236th In scoring defense. Cleveland State has lost 7 of their last 8 games and although they should be able to keep this game against Green Bay close, I just don’t see how I can take this Cleveland State team as a favorite. Take Green Bay and the point!

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