Hawaii vs. Cal Poly - 1/17/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cal Poly Mustangs (4-12) at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (10-6)
College Basketball: Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1:00 am (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors -13 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Cal Poly Mustangs and the Hawaii Warriors meet in Big West conference college basketball action from the Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday night.
The Cal Poly Mustangs will look to start playing consistent basketball after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following a 74-56 win over CSU-Northridge last time out. Tuukka Jaakkola led the Mustangs with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 6 rebounds while Junior Ballard added 15 points and Malek Harwell added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Cal Poly in the win. Keith Smith and Jamal Smith each had 4 points and 7 rebounds as well in the victory. Ballard leads Cal Poly in scoring with an average of 11.1 points per game while Keith Smith leads the Mustangs in assists with 2.7 assists per game and Kyle Colvin leads Cal Poly in rebounding with 4.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Cal Poly is averaging 63.2 points per game on 41.8% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 68.5% from the foul line this season.
The Hawaii Warriors will look to rebound from a 74-60 loss to UC-Irvine in their last outing. Samuta Avea led the Warriors with 14 points along with 3 threes and 5 rebounds while Eddie Stansberry added 3 threes as part of his 11-point night as the only other Hawaii player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Zigmars Raimo led the Warriors with 4 assists while Bernardo Da Silva and Justin Hemsley each grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds. Stansberry leads Hawaii in scoring with an average of 17 points per game while Raimo leads the Warriors in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game and Drew Buggs leads Hawaii in assists with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Hawaii is averaging 70.9 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 70.3% from the foul line this season.
Cal Poly is 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 19-40-2 ATS in their last 61 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Hawaii is 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games against a team with a winning record and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a loss while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 home games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
We’ve all talked before about how the trek to Hawaii for road games is not a pleasant trip in terms of playing basketball, as the time difference can just mess up your body clock. However, there’s really only a two-hour difference for these west coast teams and Hawaii isn’t playing like a team that should be this heavily favored right now. Granted, Cal Poly has been garbage for most of the season, but the Mustangs have picked up their play on the road lately and bagged a road cover against San Diego State in their last road game and Sacramento State in the road game before that so I’ll take a shot with Cal Poly and the points here as I just think this is too many.