Cal State-Northridge Matadors (5-9) vs. Long Beach State Beach (5-9)
January 15, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Long Beach State Beach -5.5 ; Over/Under: 139.5
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The Cal State Northridge Matadors and the Long Beach State Beach meet Saturday in college basketball action from Walter Pyramid. CSU Northridge is 5-9 this year and coming off a loss to CSU Fullerton. As for Long Beach State, they’re sitting at 5-9 as well. The Beach beat UC Santa Barbara in their last game. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
CSU Northridge went just 4-6 over their first 10 games this year. The wins came versus Dixie State, St. Katherine, San Diego and Portland State. It’s been a 1-3 run for the Matadors since then with losses to Bethesda, UC San Diego and CSU Fullerton.
In the CSU Fullerton game on Thursday, the Matadors were outscored 40-35 in the first half and 39-29 from there in a 79-64 defeat. Miles James led the team on 14 points and six rebounds. Onyi Eyisi added 13 points as well.
Over on the Long Beach State side, they posted a 3-7 run in their first 10 with victories over Idaho, Wright State and Bethesda. The Beach have gone 2-2 in their last four with losses to UCLA and Hawaii between wins over Westcliff and UC Santa Barbara.
On Thursday versus UC Santa Barbara, the Beach turned a 34-26 half-time deficit into a 65-58 win thanks to 39 second-half points. Leading the way was Aboubacar Traore with 17 points and seven rebounds. Joel Murray added 15 points as well.
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The Beach are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The under is 5-1 in LBSU’s last six at home versus a team with a losing road record.
Meanwhile, the Matadors are 0-2-2 ATS in their last four road games and 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine Saturday games. The under is 5-2 in CSUN’s last seven road games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Beach. LBSU didn’t shoot all that well (39.6 percent) in their win over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, but they were able to power out the win thanks to a nice 17-of-17 on free throws and 34 rebounds. It’s been a tough run over the last four for the Beach, but they’ve been fairly competitive in that span. As for CSUN, they’ve had some issues scoring in a lot of matchups this year. If the Beach get going on offense early here I think they’ll be fine on a cover.