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Cleveland State vs. Detroit - 12/30/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Titans (4-9) at Cleveland State Vikings (5-9)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -4.5 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Detroit Mercy Titans and Cleveland State Vikings meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Wolstein Center.

The Detroit Mercy Titans could use a victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Detroit Mercy Titans are averaging 69.1 points on 39.8 percent shooting and allowing 77.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Antoine Davis is averaging 26.1 points and 3.2 assists while Josh McFolley is averaging 12.2 points and 2.7 rebounds. Harrison Curry is the third double-digit scorer and Derrien King is dishing 1.3 assists. The Detroit Mercy Titans are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 64 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Mercy Titans are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29 rebounds per game. The Detroit Mercy Titans have lost seven of their last nine road games.

The Cleveland State Vikings could also use a victory after splitting their last six games. The Cleveland State Vikings are averaging 73.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 78.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Tyree Appleby is averaging 17.1 points and 5.4 assists while Stefan Kenic is averaging 11.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. Rashad Williams is grabbing 1.8 rebounds and Jaalam Hill is dishing 1.1 assists. The Cleveland State Vikings are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland State Vikings are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The Cleveland State Vikings have won five of their last eight home games.

The Titans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Vikings are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Horizon League and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Titans are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland St. The under is 5-2 in Titans last 7 overall. The over is 6-2 in Vikings last 8 overall.

The Detroit Mercy Titans are one of the worst offensive teams in the country and those numbers get worse on the road where they're shooting just 38.1 percent from the field and being outscored by nearly 16 points. In its last five games, Detroit Mercy is shooting just 36.5 percent from the field and being otuscored by 17.4 points. It's tough to back a team with those numbers. The Cleveland State Vikings have played their best by far at home and should be able to get the job done against a team that can't score.

Pick:
Cleveland State Vikings -4.5

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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