CSU Bakersfield at Green Bay
|Date & Time||Friday March 29, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Green Bay Phoenix -6 -- Over/Under: 156
The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners will travel to the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix this Friday night in the Quarterfinals of the CIT.
The CSU Bakersfield improved to 18-15 (7-9 WAC) on the season after defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 70-67, this past Monday night. CSU Bakersfield was solid defensively agianst the Thunderbirds and was able to hold Southern Utah off after taking a 65-58 lead with :53 seconds left in regulation. CSU Bakersfield shot 42.9% from the field while holding the Thunderbirds to just 35.7% shooting from the field and 23.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Roadrunners was Rickey Holden who had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, CSU Bakersfield is averaging 71.1 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Roadrunners are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, CSU Bakersfield has been led by Jarkel Joiner (16.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Rickey Holden (10.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Damiyne Durham (10.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 apg), and James Suber (6.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg).
Defensively, CSU Bakersfield is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Roadrunners have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 0.9.
The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 19-16 (10-8 Horizon) after having no issue defeating the FIU Golden Panthers by a 98-68 margin this past Tuesday night. Green Bay had no trouble putting up points against the Golden Panthers and had no trouble picking up the victory in the 2nd half after taking a 53-33 halftime lead. Green Bay shot 51.5% from the field while holding FIU to just 34.8% shooting from the field and 14.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Sandy Cohen III who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.
On the season, Green Bay is averaging 81.5 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Green Bay has been led by Sandy Cohen III (17.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.1 bpg), JayQuan McCloud (13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), Kameron Hankerson (8.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), and PJ Pipes (5.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 79.9 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -3.1.
The Roadrunners are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. The Phoenix are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
CSU Bakersfield has picked up a couple of nice wins in the first two rounds of the CIT, however, I’m still not buying the Roadrunners as this is a team that ended their regular season losing 9 of their last 10 games and currently have just a 7-9 record on the road on the season. Green Bay’s defense can give up some points, however, their offense has been outstanding this season as they currently rank 22nd in scoring offense & 88th in FG%. Green Bay has the best player in Sandy Cohen III and as I think the Phoenix will be able to put up plenty of points against the CSU Bakersfield defense, I’m taking Green Bay to cover this mid-range spread. Good Luck!