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Cal Poly vs. Hawaii - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Hawaii at Cal Poly
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Mott Athletics Center
San Luis Obispo, CA
The Line
Cal Poly Mustangs +7 -- Over/Under: 132
TV Channel
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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will travel to the Mott Athletics Center to take on the Cal Poly Mustangs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors had their 2-game losing streak snapped and dropped to 16-10 (7-5 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 79-61, this past Thursday. Hawaii struggled offensively early in this one and couldn’t fight back after the Gauchos took a 30-19 lead at halftime. Hawaii shot just 28.6% from beyond the arc and lost the turnover battle by a 16-9 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Warriors was Drew Buggs who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks.

On the season, Hawaii is averaging 72.1 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hawaii has been led by Jack Purchase (11.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), Eddie Stansberry (11.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg), Zigmars Raimo (11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Drew Buggs (9.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Hawaii is holding their opponents to an average of 67.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Cal Poly Mustangs lost their 5th consecutive game and dropped to 5-19 (1-10 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the UC Irvine Anteaters, 74-47, this past Thursday night. Cal Poly was overmatched on both ends of the court by UC Irvine and had no change of fight back after the Anteaters raced out to a 18-2 lead to start of the game. Cal Poly allowed UC Irvine to shoot 55.8% from the field while the Mustangs shot just 29.5% from the field and 12.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Donovan Fields who had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in 31 minutes from off the bench.

On the season, Cal Poly is averaging 63.7 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Mustangs are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cal Poly has been led by Donovan Fields (15.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.4 spg), Marcellus Garrick (9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Mark Crowe (9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg), and Hank Hollingsworth (5.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg).

Defensively, Cal Poly is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Mustangs have a rebound margin of -3.6 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

The Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 12-1 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The Mustangs are 11-29-1 ATS in their last 41 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and just 13-38 ATS in their last 51 home games.

Hawaii has won 3 of their last 5 games and currently rank 197th in scoring offense, 131st in FG%, and 86th in scoring defense.

The Cal Poly Mustangs has lost 10 of their last 11 games and currently rank 337th in scoring offense, 334th in FG%, and 272nd in defensive FG%.

Hawaii isn’t the best team when they are on the road, however, there is no denying the Rainbow Warriors are the far superior team in this one and between the fact that Hawaii beat Cal Poly by a 21-point margin just over a week ago and that Cal Poly is just 3-6 at home the season, I’m taking Hawaii to cover this mid-range spread on the road. Good Luck!

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