IUPUI vs. Oakland - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IUPUI vs. Oakland - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Golden Grizzlies (12-17) at IUPUI Jaguars (6-23)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)

The Line: IUPUI Jaguars +4 -- Over/Under: 146

TV: ESPN+

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies and the IUPUI Jaguars meet in Horizon League college basketball action from the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Thursday night.

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will try to make steps towards the top half of the conference standings, sitting at 7-9 in conference play after a 4th straight win in the form of a 92-88 win over Green Bay last time out. Rashad Williams has 20.3 PPG for the Grizzlies in 11 games while Xavier Hill-Mais has 16.8 PPG and a team-high 8.1 RPG this season. Kevin Kangu leads Oakland in assists with 3.3 APG this season. As a team, Oakland is averaging 67.6 points on 42.8% shooting from the field, 30.3% from 3-point range and 69.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.9 points on 41.9% shooting from the field and 33.2% from 3-point range this season. Oakland is 3-10 straight up and 8-4-1 against the spread on the road this season

The IUPUI Jaguars will just try to build some confidence down the stretch, sitting in the Horizon League basement at 2-14 in conference play after a 7th straight loss by a final score of 77-72 against UIC. Marcus Burk leads IUPUI in scoring with 21.2 PPG while Jaylen Minnett has 16.4 PPG and a team-high 3.4 APG this season. Elyjah Goss also has 8.8 PPG and 11.7 RPG this season. As a team, IUPUI is averaging 70.3 points on 41% shooting from the field, 33.7% from 3-point range and 64% from the foul line while allowing opposition to average 79.8 points on 45.8% shooting from the field and 37.2% from 3-point range this season. IUPUI is 3-8 straight up and 2-7 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I considered the points with the home dog, then realized it was IUPUI and quickly changed course. Oakland hasn’t been great at winning games on the road, but their mark against the number is pretty good. Yes, they were probably getting points rather than giving them up like they are here, but the Jaguars being the worst team in the conference isn’t an accident. IUPUI is just a bad basketball team this year. I’ll lay the points with Oakland here.

Chris’s Pick Oakland -4

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