The Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles and San Jose State Spartans meet Saturday in the college basketball CBI First Round at the Ocean Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles are averaging 77.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 74.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Isaiah Swope is averaging 15.6 points and 2.4 rebounds, while Jelani Simmons is averaging 13.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. Trevor Lakes is the third double-digit scorer and Jacob Polakovich is grabbing 13 rebounds. The Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game.
The San Jose State Spartans are averaging 67.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Omari Moore is averaging 17.5 points and 4.8 assists, while Alvaro Cardenas is averaging 9.8 points and 2.9 rebounds. Sage Tolbert III is dishing 0.8 assists and Robert Vaihola is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The San Jose State Spartans are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The San Jose State Spartans are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game.
The Screaming Eagles are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Screaming Eagles last 5 overall. The over is 6-2 in Spartans last 8 neutral site games.
It's about motivation here, as they're far away from home and the layoff is crazy. The Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles haven't played in over two weeks, while San Jose State hasn't played in over a week. The difference is San Jose State is more battle tested coming from the MWC and Southern Indiana doesn't cover numbers. San Jose State also wins as favorites by an average of 12.2 points while holding teams to 38.5 percent shooting. Thick line, but this should be a comfortable SJSU victory.