Cal State-Fullerton at Cal State-Northridge - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Cal State-Fullerton  at Cal State-Northridge  - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Cal State-Fullerton Titans (11-20) at Cal State-Northridge Matadors (15-17)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Honda Center)

The Line: Cal State-Northridge Matadors -2.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cal State Fullerton Titans face off against the Cal State Northridge Matadors in the Big West Quarterfinals.  The Titans are (11-20), coming off a 75-69 win over Long Beach State. The Matadors are (15-17), after upending Hawaii at home, 86-82.

 In the Titans win over Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton was guided throughout the game by Austen Awosika.  Awosika collected a double-double, totaling 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Titans shot 47 percent from the floor and 40 percent from deep.  Cal State Fullerton was out rebounded 36 to 31. The Titans had 21 assists on 28 made baskets.  

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The Titans have been led this season by Brandon Kamga.  Kamga is averaging 15.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.  Awosika is collecting 13 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game.  Cal State Fullerton is averaging 68.6 points, while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor.

In the Matadors win over Hawaii, Cal State Northridge was led on offense by Lamine Diane.  Diane secured a double-double, totaling 34 points and 15 rebounds. The Matadors converted on 49 percent from the floor and 39 percent from deep.  Cal State Northridge out rebounded Hawaii 40 to 31. The game was tied at 47 at the half.

Diane is paving the way, recording 25.6 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Matadors in 19 games on the year.  Terrell Gomez is registering 19.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest. Cal State Northridge is scoring 76.1 points on average, while converting on 37.3 percent from 3-point distance for the season.

Recent Betting Trends:

Cal State Fullerton is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.

Cal State Fullerton is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.

The over is 9-3 in Cal State Fullerton’s last 12 games.

Cal State Northridge is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.

Cal State Northridge is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.

The over is 5-2 in Cal State Northridge’s last 7 games.

The Matadors have been shooting the ball well this season, averaging over 76 points per game, which ranks 49th.  Cal State Northridge also has the 23rd best offensive 3-point shooting percentage in the country. Cal State Fullerton is 194th in defending the 3 ball.  The Matadors are not good defensively, allowing 79 points per game. Cal State Northridge ranks 337th in points allowed, 348th in 3-point defense and 325th in field goal percent defense.  The Titans should be able to surpass their season average offensive production of 68 points against a bad Matadors defense. Cal State Northridge should find some open space around the perimeter.  The over has been profitable for both teams in recent games. I’m taking the over in a game that should be a track meet. Final score prediction, Cal State Northridge will win and the total goes over, 80-75.  

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Chris’s Pick Over 152.0.

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