IPFW at Cleveland State 3/2/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

IPFW at Cleveland State 3/2/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland State Vikings (16-7) vs IPFW Mastodons (8-14)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Wolstein Center)

Betting Odds: Cleveland State Vikings -8 -- Over/Under: 139.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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IPFW faces Cleveland State on Tuesday, March 2nd for an NCAA basketball Horizon League Quarterfinal Matchup. 

IPFW upset Green Bay in the first round of the Horizon League Conference Tournament by the final score of 89-84 in double OT. IPFW was a member of the Summit League last year, so that was the team's first conference win as a member of the Horizon League. IPFW is 8-14 overall and 6-14 in conference play as well. IPFW is also 9-13 against the spread this season. IPFW's leading scorer so far this season has been G Jarred Godfrey, who has scored 15.9 points per game for the Mastodons. IPFW as a team has scored 73.8 points per game and has shot the ball at a 50.1% clip from the field. IPFW has also allowed 77.3 points per game to its opponents as well. 

Cleveland State ended its regular season with a 67-55 win over these Mastodons on February 20th on the road. Cleveland State finished the season in second place in the Horizon League standings. Cleveland State had a 16-7 regular season, with all 16 of its wins in conference play. Cleveland State and IPFW split the last two games of the regular season, so it will be interesting to see which team takes the one-game conference tournament contest. Cleveland State had a great season against the spread as well, posting a 15-7-1 record. Cleveland State's leading scorer so far this season has been G Torrey Patton, who has scored 14.0 points per game for the Vikings. Cleveland State as a team has scored 69.5 points per game and has shot the ball at a 44.6% clip from the field. Cleveland State has also allowed 69.4 points per game to its opponents as well. 

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Cleveland State opens as an 8-point favorite and the total is set at 139.5. I expect Cleveland State to win this game and move on to the semifinals, but I cannot lay eight points with the Vikings here. IPFW can shoot the ball well, and you never want to lay a chunk of points against a team that can score. I will take IPFW and the points here in what should be a close game. 

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