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Cal State-Fullerton vs. Cal Poly - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cal Poly Mustangs (8-15) at Cal State-Fullerton Titans (12-9)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Cal State-Fullerton Titans -8.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
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NCAA BB | Cal Poly Mustangs (8-15) at Cal State-Fullerton Titans (12-9)

We have some Big West conference college basketball action on Thursday night as the Cal Poly Mustangs take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans.

The Cal Poly Mustangs will be looking to build on back-to-back conference wins, including a 78-64 win over Hawaii in their last outing. Donovan Field led the Mustangs in scoring with 15 points on 3 of 10 shooting with a 9 of 9 mark from the foul line, while Luke Meikle, Hank Hollingsworth and Victor Joseph each added 12 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Cal Poly in the win. Meikle shot 5 of 10 from the floor with a pair of threes, while Niziol hit 4 triples and Joseph added 6 rebounds with a team-high 5 assists. Josh Martin and Aleks Abrams also tied for the team-high with 7 rebounds apiece, with Martin adding 9 points as well in the winning effort. Fields leads Cal Poly with an average of 14 points and 4.1 assists per game while Meikle is the Mustangs’ top rebounder with 4.4 boards per game this season. As a team, Cal Poly is scoring 67.8 points per game on 41% shooting from the field, 37.5% from behind the arc and 76.7% from the foul line this season.

The Cal State Fullerton Titans will be looking to bounce back in this one after losing 4 of their last 5 games, including a 63-58 loss to UC-Irvine at home in their most recent outing. Kyle Allman led the Titans with 20 points on 6 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes while Austen Awosika added 16 points with 7 rebounds and Khalil Ahmad added 10 points with 3 steals to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Titans in the loss. Jackson Rowe chipped in 11 rebounds and 3 steals of his own as well in the losing effort for CSF. Allman leads Cal State Fullerton in scoring with 18.9 points per game while Rowe is the Titans’ leading rebounder with 6.5 boards per game and Awosika leads the way in assists with 2.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, Cal State Fullerton is scoring 72.8 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 71.7% from the foul line this season.

Cal Poly is 0-6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 16-36-2 ATS in their last 54 conference matchups while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Cal State Fullerton is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Cal Poly is 5-16 ATS in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.

Neither of these teams have been giving you reason to back them as of late, however, despite winning back-to-back outings, Cal Poly has been downright awful ATS on the road and have struggled against the rest of the Big West for a few years now. The Titans aren’t in much better form lately, but they’re a much better home team than the Mustangs are on the road and have had a tremendous amount of success ATS when these two lock up, so if forced to pick, I’d lay the point with Cal State Fullerton here.

Cal State Fullerton -8.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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