UC Davis vs Long Beach State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

Long Beach State (18-12) vs UC Davis (17-12)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Walter Pyramid)

Betting Odds: Long Beach State Beach -1.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UC Davis Aggies and the Long Beach State Beach meet Saturday in college basketball action from Walter Pyramid. Let’s get into our UC Davis vs. Long Beach State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

UC Davis Aggies

The Aggies’ year started out on a solid 15-8 run by early February. UC Davis would then hit a sketchy 1-4 stretch with a lone win over CSU Northridge among losses to Hawaii, Long Beach State, UC Riverside and CSU Bakersfield. It’s been wins over Hawaii and UC San Diego in the last pair.

In the UC San Diego game on Thursday, the Aggies got off to a 43-33 edge by the break. UC Davis was outscored by three points from there but held on for the win 70-63 in the end. Elijah Pepper topped the team with his 28 points, five assists and five rebounds in 32 minutes.

Long Beach State Beach

Over on the Beach’s side, they were 13-9 by the start of last month. A five-game win streak over UC San Diego, Cal Poly, UC Davis, CSU Northridge and CSU Bakersfield came next. Since then it’s been losses to Hawaii, CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.

Matched up against UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, the Beach were down 37-28 by halftime. Long Beach State got better from there on a 46-39 run but still took the eventual loss 76-74. Tops in scoring was Marcus Tsohonis with his 25 points and four steals in 30 minutes of work.


I’ll lean toward Long Beach State here. Probably not touching it, though. The Beach shot pretty poorly against UC Santa Barbara in their last game, hitting 41.8 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from outside and just 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) from the line. The 12 turnovers didn’t help matters, either. Long Beach State has given up 73 or more points in four straight games now.

The good news for the Beach is that they took a 78-74 road win the last time these teams met up back on February 15. Long Beach State had a solid 46-37 rebounding edge in that one but also coughed up 19 turnovers for 20 Aggies points. The Beach could really use a strong defensive effort in this one; the home advantage should help matters.

Andrew’s Pick Long Beach State Beach -1.5

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