Cal State-Fullerton vs. Cal Poly - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cal State-Fullerton vs. Cal Poly - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cal Poly Mustangs (7-17) at Cal State-Fullerton Titans (9-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Titan Gym)

The Line: Cal State-Fullerton Titans -7 -- Over/Under: 140.5

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The Cal Poly Mustangs will travel to Titan Gym to take on the CSU Fullerton Titans this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Cal Poly Mustangs had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-17 (4-6 Big West) on the season after being defeating the CSU Northridge Matadors, 81-73, this past Thursday. Cal Poly trailed by just a 34-32 margin at halftime, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after CSU Northridge took a 65-50 lead with 7:03 left in regulation. Cal Poly shot 44.3% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Jamal Smith who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

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On the season, Cal Poly is averaging 66.6 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Mustangs are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cal Poly has been led by Junior Ballard (12.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Colby Rogers (8.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg), and Tuukka Jaakkola (7.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg).

Defensively, Cal Poly is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Mustangs have a rebound margin of -4.7 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The CSU Fullerton Titans dropped to 9-16 (4-6 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the UC Davis Aggies, 87-81, this past Saturday night. CSU Fullerton had no answers on the defensive end for the Aggies and couldn’t fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 44-35 margin. CSU Fullerton just 26.3% from beyond the arc while allowing UC Davis to shoot 52.5% from the field and 68.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Titans was Jackson Rowe who had 21 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, CSU Fullerton is averaging 67.1 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Titans are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, CSU Fullerton has been led by Jackson Rowe (15.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.4 bpg), Brandon Kamga (14.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Austen Awosika (13.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, CSU Fullerton is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Titans have a rebound margin of -3.1 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

The Mustangs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 6 games against CSU Fullerton. The Titans are just 2-13 ATS in their last 15 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in February.

Cal Poly has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Mustangs come into this match-up ranked 293rd in scoring offense, 254th in FG%, and 292nd in scoring defense.

CSU Fullerton comes into this game ranked 283rd in scoring offense, 223rd in FG%, and 189th in scoring defense.

Cal Poly has yet to pick up a road win this season, however, the Mustangs have won 3 of their last 5 games which included wins against Hawai’i, Long Beach State, and CSU Fullerton. The Titans are the better team in this one, however, between the fact that CSU Fullerton is just 4-7 at home this season and that the Mustangs had success on the offensive end against the Titans in their first match-up, I think the play here is to take Cal Poly and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Cal Poly Mustangs +7

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