Cleveland State at IPFW: 2/19/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Cleveland State at IPFW: 2/19/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

IPFW Mastodons (6-13) vs Cleveland State Vikings (15-6)

Game Info: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Hilliard Gates Center)

Betting Odds: IPFW Mastodons +5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland State Vikings will travel to the Hilliard Gates Sports Center to take on the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Cleveland State Vikings improved to 15-6 on the season after defeating the Detroit Mercy Titans, 71-64, this past Saturday. Cleveland State was outstanding defensively against Detroit and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 62-48 lead with 6:41 left in regulation. Cleveland State shot 50.0% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc while Detroit shot just 38.3% from the field and 25.9% from beyond the arc. Cleveland State outrebounded Detroit by a 35-31 margin and committed 13 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Vikings was Torrey Patton who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 69.7 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cleveland State has been led by Torrey Patton (13.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), D’Moi Hodge (10.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.8 spg), Craig Beaudion (9.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg), & Tre Gomillion (9.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg).

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Defensively, Cleveland State is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons lost their 8th straight game and dropped to 6-13 on the season after being defeated by the Youngstown State Penguins, 72-70, this past Saturday. Purdue Fort Wayne was solid on both ends against Youngstown State, however, the Mastodons did struggle with turnovers and could not fight back after the Penguins took a 68-64 lead with 2:04 left in regulation. Purdue Fort Wayne shot 53.2% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc while Youngstown State shot 38.7% from the field and 23.1% from beyond the arc. Purdue Fort Wayne was outrebounded by Youngstown State by a 35-31 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 15-8 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Mastodons was Jarred Godfrey who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, & 2 steals.

On the season, Purdue Fort Wayne is averaging 73.9 ppg on 50.1% shooting from the field. The Mastodons are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 39.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Purdue Fort Wayne has been led by Jarred Godfrey (16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.7 spg), Jalon Pipkins (13.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Bobby Planutis (9.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 apg), & Deonte Billups (8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, Purdue Fort Wayne is allowing their opponents to average 78.0 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Mastodons have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of -4.6.

The Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mastodons are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, however, are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Cleveland State comes into this series against Purdue Fort Wayne tied with Wright State at the top of the Horizon Standings largely due to their defense that ranks 99th in defensive FG% & 82nd in steals per game. Purdue Fort Wayne has fared well ATS at home against good teams, however, this is a team that is not great on the defensive end as they come into this game ranked just 316th in scoring defense & 270th in defensive FG% and as I think the Vikings come out strong to ensure they at worst, keep up with Wright State, I’m taking the Vikings to cover this mid-range road spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Cleveland State Vikings -5

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