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Hawaii vs. LBSU - 3/14/19 Big West Tournament Quarterfinal College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LBSU at Hawaii
Date & Time Thursday March 14, 2019, 11:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Honda Center
Anaheim, CA
The Line
Hawaii Warriors -2 -- O/U: 146
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | LBSU at Hawaii
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The Long Beach State 49ers and the Hawaii Warriors meet in a Big West tournament quarterfinal matchup from the Honda Center in college basketball action on Thursday night.

The Long Beach State 49ers come into the conference tournament as the #5 seed after finishing the year with a 14-18 overall record, including 8-8 in conference play to finish in the middle of the pack. Long Beach State once again gave themselves a tough non-conference schedule, with losses to UCLA, Mississippi State, Oregon State, USC, San Diego, Fresno State and Stanford just to name a few. The 49ers started conference play off well, going 2-0, but lost 8 of their next 9 games to fall to 3-8 before rattling off 5 straight wins to finish the regular season at .500 in conference play. Deishuan Booker led Long Beach State in scoring and assists with 18.9 points and 4.5 assists per game while Temidayo Yussuf added 11 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game and Bryan Alberts chipped in 10.7 points per game this season. As a team, Long Beach State is averaging 75.3 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the arc and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

The Hawaii Warriors come into the conference tournament with the #4 seed after finishing the regular season with an 18-12 overall record, including 9-7 in conference play. The Warriors gave themselves some tough opposition as well, with losses to UCLA, Fresno State and Seton Hall while picking up wins over Utah, Rhode Island and Colorado. Hawaii started conference play off at 2-0 and 4-2, getting up to 7-4 before a 3-game losing skid brought the Warriors back to a .500 mark in conference play. Hawaii rebounded by finishing the regular season with back-to-back victories to get above .500 in Big West play and lock up the #4 seed. Jack Purchase led the Warriors with 11.5 points and 6 rebounds per game while Zigmars Raimo came right behind with 11.4 points per game and Eddie Stansberry came right behind in 3rd with 11.3 points per game. Brocke Stepteau chipped in 10.4 points per game as Hawaii’s 4th double-digit scorer on the year. Drew Buggs chipped in 8.9 points and a team-high 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Hawaii is averaging 72.5 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

Long Beach State is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 Thursday games. Hawaii is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

The points with Long Beach State are tempting considering that the 49ers finished the regular season strong with 5 straight wins and are probably going to have a strong fan base at the game with the Honda Center being just 20 minutes from Long Beach State’s campus. However, Hawaii swept the regular season meetings by an average of 12 points per game and have been pretty much money against teams with losing record dating back to last season. The environment may be challenging but I think Hawaii is up to the task so I’ll lay the points with the Warriors in this one.

Pick:
Hawaii -2

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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