Oakland Golden vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay - 2/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix (14-14) at Oakland Golden Grizzlies (11-17)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Athletics Center Orena)
The Line: Oakland Golden Grizzlies -2.5 -- Over/Under: 155 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to Athletics Center O’rena in Rochester, MI to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Sunday in an Horizon Conference showdown, tipping off at 3:00 EST.
The Green Bay Phoenix have won two games in a row and improved to 14-14 (9-6 Horizon) after defeating the Detroit Mercy Titans, 84-67, this past Friday. Green Bay took a 44-36 lead into the half but Detroit was able to battle back to a tie in the second half. A late offensive surge put the Phoenix ahead for good as they were able to build a 74-60 lead with 5:04 remaining in regulation. Green Bay shot 50.0% from the field and 47.6% from three-point range. JayQuan McCloud led the way for the Phoenix with 32 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Green Bay is averaging 81.5 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are also netting 7.9 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. JayQuan McCloud (17.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.6 apg) Amari Davis (16.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 apg) and Kameron Hankerson (10.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg) have been the leaders on offense for Green Bay this season.
Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 80.3 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are grabbing 7.0 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.1 on the season.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies have won three games in a row and improved to 11-17 (6-9 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Milwaukee Panthers, 75-68, this past Friday. Oakland went into the half down 35-34 in what was a tight game until the end. It wasn’t until the Golden Grizzlies took a 69-59 lead with 2:35 remaining until the game was in hand for Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies shot 50.0% from the field and 35.3% from three-point range. Xaiver Hill-Mais notched a double-double for Oakland with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.
On the season, Oakland is averaging 66.7 points per game on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are also averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Rashad Williams (20.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Xavier Hill-Mais (16.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.8 apg) have been the offensive leaders for Oakland this season.
Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are grabbing 6.0 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -1.3 on the year.
The Green Bay Phoenix are 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games and 11-5 against the spread on the road this season. The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are 4-2 against the spread in their last 6 games and 6-2 against the spread in their last 8 games played in February.
Green Bay comes into the game with the 5th ranked scoring offense in the country and rank 9th in assists per game with 16.5. Oakland ranks 152nd with 13.4 assists per game and 190th in assist/turnover ratio at 0.97 on the season.
Green Bay beat Oakland by four at home earlier in the year and have won 3 of their last 4 road games. I think the Phoenix offense will be too much for Oakland and Green Bay will get another road win. I’m taking the Phoenix and the points on the road in a game I think they will win outright.