Wright State vs. Cleveland State - 2/19/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (8-21) at Wright State Raiders (20-8)
College Basketball: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Nutter Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Horizon League action on the hardwood as the Cleveland State Vikings take on the Wright State Raiders in a college basketball matchup on Monday night.
The Cleveland State Vikings will be looking to find some form of consistent play down the stretch after an 82-66 loss to Oakland in their last outing. Anthony Wright led the Vikings with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds. Kenny Carpenter came 2nd with 15 points and 3 assists while Jamarcus Hairston added 10 points in 18 minutes to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Vikings in the loss. Tyree Appleby added 9 points and a team-high 4 assists in the losing effort for Cleveland State. Carpenter leads the Vikings with an average of 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while Appleby leads Cleveland State in the assists department with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Cleveland State is scoring 68.2 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 71% from the foul line this season.
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The Wright State Raiders will look to keep their momentum going after winning 20 of their last 25 games to sit atop the Horizon League standings following a 69-67 win over Northern Kentucky in their last outing. Loudon Love led the Raiders with 15 points on 7 of 12 shooting with a share of the team lead with 6 rebounds. Parker Ernsthausen and Jaylon Hall tied for 2nd with 10 points each to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Wright State in the win with Ernsthausen adding 3 assists. Grant Benzinger added 9 points and 6 rebounds while Cole Gentry chipped in 7 points and 3 assists of his own. Benzinger leads the Raiders with 14.4 points per game while Love leads Wright State with 9.7 rebounds per game and Mark Hughes is tops for the Raiders with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Wright State is scoring 72 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the 3-point line and 70.3% from the foul line this season.
Cleveland State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 11-26-2 ATS in their last 39 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games following a double digit home loss. Wright State is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a losing road record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 13-3 in their last 16 home games. Cleveland State is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
This is a battle between the best and one of the worst teams in the Horizon League so this could be a blowout if Wright State keeps focus. However, I think Cleveland State has enough to at least hang with the Raiders and it doesn’t hurt that 4 straight and 8 of the last 10 meetings have been decided by 6 points or less, so I’ll take a shot with Cleveland State and the points here.