Long Beach State vs. Cal State-Northridge - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Long Beach State vs. Cal State-Northridge - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Cal State-Northridge Matadors (11-17) at Long Beach State Beach (10-18)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm (The Walter Pyramid)

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The CSU Northridge Matadors will travel to Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, CA to take on the Long Beach State 49ers this Wednesday in a Big West showdown, tipping off at 10:00PM EST.

The CSU Northridge Matadors have lost two games in a row and dropped to 11-17 (6-6 Big West) after being defeated by the UC Irvine Anteaters, 87-64, this past Saturday.  CSU Northridge found themselves down 45-35 at the half and couldn’t mount a comeback as UC Irvine played a solid second half offensively and opened up the lead to 83-53 with 4:28 remaining in the game on their way to an easy victory.  The Matadors shot 40.7% from the field and 35.3% from three-point range. Elijah Harkelss led the way for CSU Northridge with 21 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in the game.

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On the season, CSU Northridge is averaging 75.2 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field.  The Matadors are also averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Lamine Diane (25.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.9 apg), Terrell Gomez (19.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 apg) and Elijah Harkless (10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.1 apg) have been the offensive leaders for CSU Northridge on the season.

Defensively, CSU Northridge has allowed their opponents to average 79.3 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field.  The Matadors have grabbed 5.8 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.4 on the season.

The Long Beach State 49ers won their last game and improved to 10-18 (5-7 Big West) on the season after defeating the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors, 64-60, this past Saturday.  Long Beach State led 34-24 at the half and coasted to the victory with a steady performance in the second half. The 49ers shot 46.7% from the field and 50/0% from three-point range.  Michael Carter III led the way for Long Beach State with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the game.

On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 66.7points per game on 43.0% shooting from the field.  The 40ers are also netting 5.9 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Chance Hunter (14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Michael Carter III (12.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Colin Slater (10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg) have been the offensive leaders for Long Beach State this season.

Defensively, Long Beach State is allowing their opponents to average 75.2 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field.  The 49ers are grabbing 5.7 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -1.6 on the season.

CSU Northridge is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games and 7-8 against the spread at home this season.  Long Beach State is 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 games played in February and 5-5 against the spread at home this season.

I expect Long Beach State to fight at home and come away with the victory in this one.  Look for the 49ers to control the pace in this one. I am taking Long Beach State to defend home court and cover at home in this one.

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David’s Pick Long Beach State +1

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