The Long Beach State Beach and the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners meet Saturday in college basketball action from Icardo Center. Long Beach State is fresh off a Thursday game versus UC Santa Barbara. In that matchup the Beach fell by three points. As for Cal State Bakersfield, they played Cal State Northridge in their Thursday game. The Roadrunners would go on to power out a win by 15 points. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Long Beach State Beach
Long Beach State logged a sketchy 7-9 record across their first 16 games of the season. In the next eight outings, the Beach went a nice 7-1 however, beating Cal Poly, CSU Fullerton, UC San Diego, Cal Poly, UC Davis, CSU Fullerton and UC Irvine in order.
Matched up against UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, the Beach held a 43-38 lead in the locker room. Long Beach State was outscored 37-29 in the second half and lost a tough one 75-72. Leading scorer Aboubacar Traore doubled on 18 points and 10 rebounds.
CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners
Over on the Cal State Bakersfield side, they opened up the year on a rough 5-11 run through 16 games. The Roadrunners went 3-4 over the next seven games, losing to CSU Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and Hawaii in that time.
Matched up against CSU Northridge on Thursday, the Roadrunners rolled to a 43-24 halftime edge. CSU Bakersfield cruised on another 30 second-half points and won it 73-58. Leading the way was Travis Henson with 20 points.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I might take a stab on CSU Bakersfield here. The Roadrunners haven’t exactly had the greatest season so far, but they’re playing pretty well lately. CSU Bakersfield has won three straight games and they’ve scored 73 or more points in each of those outings. As for the Beach, their six-game win streak was snapped against a pretty good UCSB team on Thursday. LBSU has been scoring well lately themselves and should put up a good total here. That said, if CSU Bakersfield plays well I think they can sneak into a cover.