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Cleveland State vs. IUPUI - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
IUPUI at Cleveland State
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Wolstein Center
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Cleveland State +4.5 -- Over/Under: 148
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The IUPUI Jaguars and Cleveland State Vikings meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Wolstein Center.

The IUPUI Jaguars could use a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The IUPUI Jaguars are averaging 76.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Camron Justice is averaging 19.4 points and 2.9 assists while Jaylen Minnett is averaging 11.6 points and 1.8 rebounds. Elyjah Goss is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Evan Hall is dishing 1.4 assists. The IUPUI Jaguars are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The IUPUI Jaguars are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The IUPUI Jaguars have lost four of their last six road games.

The Cleveland State Vikings could use a win after losing 12 of their last 14 games. The Cleveland State Vikings are averaging 73.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 78 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Tyree Appleby is averaging 16.9 points and 5.3 assists while Rashad Williams is averaging 10.6 points and 1.9 rebounds. Jaalam Hill is the third double-digit scorer and Stefan Kenic is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Cleveland State Vikings are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland State Vikings are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland State Vikings have lost six of their last eight home games.

The Jaguars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Horizon League, 5-15-2 ATS in their last 22 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Vikings are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 vs. Horizon League and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The over is 8-3 in Vikings last 11 Saturday games. The under is 5-0 in Jaguars last 5 road games.

The IUPUI Jaguars beat Cleveland State by 16 points last month, a game in which they shot 58.6 percent from the field and finished with a 51-point second half. IUPUI isn't the most consistent team in the world, but it has enough offensive power to expose weak defensive teams, which is what Cleveland State has been recently, allowing 78.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting in its last five games. I can't get behind Cleveland State and these defensive issues, especially after what we saw when these teams met back in January. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Jags.

Pick:
IUPUI -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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