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Cal State Northridge vs. Hawaii - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Hawaii at Cal State Northridge
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Matadome
Northridge, California
The Line
The Line: Cal State Northridge -1 -- Over/Under: 148
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors and CSU Northridge Matadors meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Matadome.

The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are averaging 70 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Eddie Stansberry is averaging 13.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while Jack Purchase is averaging 11 points and 2.2 assists. Zigmars Raimo is the third double-digit scorer and Brocke Stepteau is dishing 2.9 assists. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors have lost their only true road game this season.

The CSU Northridge Matadors look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The CSU Northridge Matadors are averaging 78.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 83 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Lamine Diane is averaging 23.9 points and 11.1 rebounds while Terrell Gomez is averaging 19.4 points and 3.2 assists. Rodney Henderson Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Brown II is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The CSU Northridge Matadors are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 61.7 percent from the free throw line. The CSU Northridge Matadors are allowing 39.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The CSU Northridge Matadors have lost five of their last eight home games.

The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Matadors are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big West and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in CSU Northridge and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 17-5-1 in Matadors last 23 overall. The under is 5-1 in Warriors last 6 overall.

The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors have owned the CSU Northridge Matadors with wins in eight of the last 10 meetings and are easily the better basketball team yet again this season. The CSU Northridge Matadors may not be impressive when looking at their record or the raw numbers, but they are 10-5-1 ATS this season and 7-3 ATS as an underdog. CSU Northridge is allowing just 41.9 percent shooting in its last five games and is only losing by an average of three points at home. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors also have a history of struggling when they play true road games, and they haven't been in that spot much this season. I'll side with the Matadors in this toss-up contest. 

Pick:
Cal State Northridge -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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