Long Beach State vs. Colorado State - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Long Beach State vs. Colorado State - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado State Rams (5-6) at Long Beach State 49ers (4-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm (The Walter Pyramid)

The Line: Long Beach State 49ers -4 -- Over/Under: 156.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Colorado State Rams will travel to Walter Pyramid to take on the Long Beach State 49ers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Colorado State Rams dropped to 5-6 on the season after being defeated by the South Dakota Coyotes, 68-63, this past Sunday. Colorado State struggled offensively against the Coyotes and couldn’t fight back after a 10-0 South Dakota run gave the Coyotes a 53-46 lead with 8:48 left in regulation. Colorado State shot just 38.6% from the field and 26.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was Nico Carvacho who had a double-double with 20 points, 17 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and a block.

On the season, Colorado State is averaging 77.1 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado State has been led by Jeremiah Paige (16.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), Anthony Bonner (13.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Nico Carvacho (13.5 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Kendle Moore (10.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg).

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Defensively, Colorado State is allowing their opponents to an average of 77.5 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

The Long Beach State 49ers improved to 4-9 on the season after defeating the Pepperdine Waves, 67-66, this past Thursday. In a tight back and forth game, Long Beach State was able to pull out the victory after a KJ Byers dunk with :05 seconds left in regulation gave the 49ers the lead for good. Long Beach State held Pepperdine to 37.9% shooting from the field and 22.2% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the 49ers was Temidayo Yussuf who had a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 70.8 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The 49ers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Long Beach State has been led by Deishuan Booker (14.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.4 spg), Temidayo Yussuf (12.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), Bryan Alberts (9.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg), and KJ Byers (6.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg).

Defensively, Long Beach State is allowing their opponents to average 78.2 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The 49ers have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of -1.8.

The Rams are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The 49ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.

Colorado State has some solid talent in Jeremiah Paige & Nico Carvacho however, the Rams have really struggled defensively this season (288th in scoring defense) and come into this game losers of 5 of their last 6 games. Long Beach State picked up a much needed win against Pepperdine, however, have struggled on both sides of the ball this season as they currently rank 258th in scoring offense, 325th in FG%, and 302nd in scoring defense. Long Beach State is a tough team at home however, as I think Colorado State’s offense will have some success agianst the 49ers, I think the Rams do enough with the points in this one to cover with the points.

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Brett’s Pick Colorado State Rams +4

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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