Oakland Grizzlies (4-9) at Cleveland State Vikings (5-8)
|Date & Time||Friday December 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -3 -- Over/Under: 155
Cleveland CW43; ESPN+
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will travel to the Wolstein Center to take on the Cleveland State Vikings this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 4-9 on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Michigan State Spartans, 99-69, this past Friday night. Oakland had no answers on the defensive end for the Spartans and couldn’t fight back after Michigan State took a 61-42 lead with 14:23 left in regulation. Oakland allowed Michigan State to shoot 58.5% from the field and 43.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Braden Norris who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Oakland is averaging 77.2 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 11.1 three-pointers per game on 42.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oakland has been led by Xavier Hill-Mais (22.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Jaevin Cumberland (16.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.0 spg), Braden Norris (9.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.2 spg), and Jordan Nobles (6.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg).
Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 80.6 ppg on 50.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of -7.2 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Cleveland State Vikings improved to 5-8 on the season after defeating the Niagara Purple Eagles, 82-60, on December 19th. Cleveland State was outstanding on the defensive end agianst the Purple Eagles and pulled away late after closing the final 4:57 of regulation on a 14-0 run. Cleveland State held Niagara to 32.4% shooting from the field and 18.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Vikings was Tyree Appleby who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 75.3 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cleveland State has been led by Tyree Appleby (16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Stefan Kenic (11.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), Rashad Williams (8.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg), and Jaalam Hill (8.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensively, Cleveland State is allowing their opponents to average 75.0 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The Golden Grizzlies are just 9-22 ATS in their last 31 games overall and 4-17 ATS in their last 21 games vs. Horizon League opponents. The Vikings are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Oakland comes into this game playing their 6th straight road game and although the record isn’t great, the Golden Grizzlies have played a brutal schedule so far this season with road games against UNLV, Xavier, Northeastern, Georgia, and Michigan State. Oakland has a decent offense and has been deadly from beyond the arc, however, they’ll need to find answers on the defensive end as they currently rank just 327th in scoring defense and 347th in defensive FG%. Cleveland State has won 3 of their last 4 games however, their most impressive win this season was probably their recent game against Niagara. The Vikings have also struggled defensively this season as they rank just T-251st in scoring defense, 269th in rebound margin, and 317th in steals per game. Oakland has won their last two games at Cleveland State and as they should have so fresh legs after having the past week off, I’m taking the Golden Grizzlies and the points in this one.