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Hawaii vs. LBSU - 2/1/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LBSU at Hawaii
Date & Time Friday February 1, 2019, 12:00 AM (EST)
Stan Sheriff Center
Honolulu, HI
The Line
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors -7.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV Channel
Spectrum Sports - Hawaii; Big West Conference
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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Long Beach State 49ers will travel to the Stan Sheriff Center to take on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Long Beach State 49ers lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 8-13 (2-3 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 82-71, this past Saturday. Long Beach State struggled defensively against the Gauchos and couldn’t fight back after UC Santa Barbara took a 71-61 lead with 3:05 left in regulation. Long Beach State shot 41.1% from the field while allowing UC Santa Barbara to shot 47.6% from the field in the loss. Leading the way for the 49ers was Deishuan Booker who had 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.

On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 75.6 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The 49ers are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Long Beach State has been led by Deishuan Booker (17.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.8 spg), Temidayo Yussuf (12.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.3 apg), Bryan Alberts (10.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), and KJ Byers (8.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 bpg).

Defensively, Long Beach State is allowing their opponents to average 77.6 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The 49ers have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 12-7 (3-2 Big West) on the season after defeating the UC Davis Aggies, 80-60, this past Saturday. Hawaii was outstanding offensively against the Aggies and put the game away after a 9-0 run to start the 2nd half gave the Rainbow Warriors a 49-32 lead with 16:47 left in regulation. Hawaii shot 55.8% from the field and outrebounded UC Davis by a 34-25 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors was Drew Buggs who had a double-double with 12 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block.

On the season, Hawaii is averaging 73.2 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hawaii has been led by Eddie Strawberry (12.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Jack Purchase (12.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Zigmars Raimo (11.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Drew Buggs (8.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Hawaii is holding their opponents to an average of 68.3 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

The 49ers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home, however, just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss. The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Long Beach State has lost 4 of their last 7 games and has really struggled defensively this season as the 49ers come into this match-up ranked just 302nd in scoring defense, 232nd in defensive FG%, and 269th in rebound margin. Hawaii has won 6 of their last 8 games and has been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Rainbow Warriors currently rank 182nd in scoring offense, 145th in FG%, and T-104th in scoring defense.

Long Beach State is just 1-9 ATS on the road this season and have historically struggled against Hawaii on the road as the 49ers have dropped their last three games at the Stan Sheriff Center. Hawaii has solid starting five led by Zigmars Raimo 7 Drew Buggs and as I think the Rainbow Warriors offense is going to have no trouble putting up points against the 49ers defense at home, I’m taking Hawaii to cover this home spread.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors -7.5

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