CSU-Bakersfield vs Cal Poly Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

Cal Poly (4-25) vs Cal State-Bakersfield (12-17)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 10:00 pm (Robert A. Mott Athletics Center)

Betting Odds: Cal Poly Mustangs +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners and the Cal Poly Mustangs meet Saturday in college basketball action from Mott Athletic Center. CSU Bakersfield is sitting at 12-17 so far this year. The Roadrunners beat UC San Diego on Thursday. As for Cal Poly, they lost again to UC Santa Barbara in their last game. Let’s get into our CSU Bakersfield vs Cal Poly prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners

The Roadrunners got through their first 21 games with a sketchy 9-12 record. CSU Bakersfield is just 3-5 since then with losses to UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, CSU Northridge, UC Irvine and Long Beach State. The wins came versus CSU Fullerton, UC Davis and UC San Diego.

In the UC San Diego matchup on Thursday, the Roadrunners got off to a 29-27 edge by the break. CSU Bakersfield got better from there on a 41-30 run and took the win 70-57. Kaleb Higgins led the way on his 29 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Cal Poly Mustangs

Over on the Mustangs’ side, they’ve struggled this year. Cal Poly went 4-8 to start the season and hasn’t won a game since December 21. In their last five outings, the Mustangs have fallen to Long Beach State, Hawaii, CSU Fullerton, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara.

Matched up against the Gauchos on Thursday, the Mustangs trailed by three points in the locker room. Cal Poly was outscored 46-41 the rest of the way however and lost 85-75. Kobe Sanders was tops on his 31 points with four rebounds and 11-of-11 from the line.


I’ll stick with CSU Bakersfield. There’s not a lot to get excited about in this one, though. The Roadrunners didn’t get much out of their bench (two points) in their latest win over UCSD, but everything worked out well. CSU Bakersfield finished with 45.3 percent shooting, 36 rebounds and 14 turnovers (for 18 Tritons points). That makes 145 combined points for CSUB in their last pair.

The Roadrunners managed a 65-53 home win the last time these teams met up back on January 20. CSU Bakersfield came up empty from 3-point range (0-for-6) and hit just 57.9 percent from the line in that one but otherwise didn’t play too badly. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Cal Poly put up more of a fight in the rematch, but the Roadrunners should have the advantage.

Andrew’s Pick CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners -5.5

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