Long Beach State vs. Cal Poly - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cal Poly (7-21) at Long Beach State (10-20)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:00 pm (The Walter Pyramid)
The Line: Long Beach State -5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Cal Poly Mustangs (7-21, CONF 4-10) and Long Beach State 49ers (10-20, CONF 5-9) face off in a Big West showdown at the Walter Pyramid. Cal Poly knocked off Long Beach State 92-75 earlier this season.
Cal Poly has had some real problems this season and coming into this game they have lost five games in a row. Even with the struggles, Cal Poly has covered three of the spreads during that five game stretch.
Over the last five games Cal Poly’s defense has been a big issue giving up 81.2 points per game, and in this game the defense is going to need to be better.
The Mustangs are led by Junior Ballard who comes into this game averaging 12.8 points while shooting 38.8 percent from the field. In Cal Poly’s last game, Ballard put up 13 points in 21 minutues.
Long Beach State has also had some real struggles this season and over the last four games they have only one victory.
At home this season the 49ers are averaging 64.8 points per game while the defense is giving up 69.6 points. Overall this season Long Beach State is giving up 76.2 points per game while letting opponents shoot 45.2 percent from the field.
The 49ers are led by Chance Hunter who is averaging 14.3 points while shooting 45.9 percent from the field.In Long Beach State’s last game Hunter put up 25 points and shot 72.7 percent from the field.
Cal Poly is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games. The over is 8-3 in Cal Poly’s last 11 games against the Big West. The road team is 5-2-1 against the spread in the last eight meetings between Cal Poly and Long Beach State.
Cal Poly has already knocked Long Beach State once this year and they are going to have success again in this game. The Mustangs might not not beat them, but they are going to keep it close enough to cover the spread.