Long Beach State vs. Hawaii - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Long Beach State vs. Hawaii - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (15-10) at Long Beach State Beach (9-18)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (The Walter Pyramid)

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The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors will travel to Walter Pyramid to take on the Long Beach State 49ers this Saturday in a Big West showdown, tipping off at 7:00 EST.

The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors won their last contest and improved to 15-10 (6-5 Big West) on the season after defeating the UC Riverside Highlanders, 56-55, in a thriller this past Thursday.  Hawai’i ran out to a big lead early, taking a 37-23 lead into halftime, but the UC Riverside came charging back, grabbing the lead, 45-42, with 9:05 remaining in the second half. The Rainbow Warriors fought from behind the rest of the game until Dawson Carter made what would be the game winning layup with 0:26 remaining to make it 56-55 and seal the victory.  Hawai’i shot just 34.6% from the field and 37.5% from three-point range. Justin Weber led the way for the Rainbow Warriors with 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists off the bench.

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On the season, Hawai’i is averaging 69.4 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field.  The Rainbow Warriors are also averaging 7.4 three-pointers on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc.  Eddie Stansberry (15.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), Samuta Avery (10.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Drew Buggs (9.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.9 apg) have been the offensive leaders for Hawai’i this season.

Defensively, Hawai’i is allowing their opponents to average 67.7 points per game on 43.6% shooting from the field.  The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 5.2 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -0.8 on the season.

The Long Beach State 49ers lost their last game and dropped to 9-18 (4-7 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the UC Irvine Anteaters, 70-55, this past Wednesday.  The 49ers kept it close early, trailing only 26-23 at the half. The Anteaters had a strong second half though and opened up their lead to 56-40 with 6:57 remaining in regulation and that proved to be more than Long Beach State could handle.  The 49ers shot 33.9% from the field and 26.3% from three-point range. Michael Carter III provided the only spark for Long Beach State with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block off the bench.

On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 66.8 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field.  The 49ers are also netting 5.8 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Chance Hunter (14.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Michael Carter III (12.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Colin Slater (10.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg) have been the offensive leaders for Long Beach State this season.

Defensively, Long Beach State is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field.  The 49ers are getting 5.9 steals per game but have a turnover margin of -1.9 on the season.

Hawai’i is 1-6 ATS in their past 7 games and 3-4 ATS on the road this season.  Long Beach State is 4-5 ATS at home this season but are 6-1 SU against Hawai’i at home in their last 7 contests.

The Rainbow Warriors enter the game ranking 93rd in assists per game with 14.2 and 115th in assist/turnover margin at 1.06.  The 49ers protect the rim well, ranking 83rd with 3.9 blocked shots per game and 79th in three-point FG% on the season.

Hawai’i won a tight contest at home earlier this month and I expect this game to be just as close.  I think the Rainbow Warriors will build on the momentum from their last game and their defense will keep Long Beach State in a low scoring game.  I’m taking Hawai’i to cover the low spread on the road and head back home with back-to-back wins.

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David’s Pick Hawai'i -3.5

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