Cal State-Northridge vs Hawaii Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/14/24

Hawaii (16-14) vs Cal State-Northridge (18-14)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 11:30 pm (Dollar Loan Center)

Betting Odds: Hawaii -5.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cal State Northridge Matadors and the UCSB Gauchos will meet in the first round of the Big West Championship this Wednesday in Henderson from the Dollar Loan Center on ESPN+. UCSB enters as 3.5-point favorites, with the total hovering 149.5. Stay tuned for our Northridge vs UCSB Prediction. 

Cal State Northridge Matadors Preview

CSU Northridge moved to 19-14 after defeating UCSB in the first round by three, 87-84. The Matadors edged out the Gauchos in overtime to advance, and they’ll look to keep things going against the Warriors. CSUN is scoring 75.2 points per game, on 45.5% shooting, while allowing 73.6 ppg, and they’re 4-6 over their last ten games.

Northridge’s Impact Players

  • Veteran swingman De’Sean Allen-Eikens has hit the 20-point mark in six of the last eight contests, he leads CSUN in scoring (18.5), while grabbing 5.2 rpg.
  • Clearwater native Dionte Bostick has matched his energy with 23 points or more in three of his last six outings, and he’s now up to 15.4 ppg.  
  • Junior forward Keonte Jones grabbed 11 boards in the January 27th matchup with Irvine,  and he leads Northridge in rebounding (7.0), while scoring 11.1 ppg. 

Hawaii Warriors Preview

Hawaii closed at 19-13 after defeating CSU Bakersfield at home, 74-57. The Warriors controlled their entire contest with the Roadrunners, and they’ll seek a fourth straight win here versus the Matadors. Hawaii is scoring 72.4 points per game, on 45.9% shooting, while allowing 68.8 ppg, and they’re currently 8th in the Big West with a 3-6 record in conference play. 

Hawaii’s Impact Players

  • Senior guard Noel Coleman led the way with 31 points in the win over UC Riverside, and he leads Hawaii in scoring (13.9). 
  • UNC transfer Justin McKoy went for a game-high 22 points in the Long Beach matchup, and he’s second on the team at 10.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg.  
  • Junior forward Bernardo de Silva recorded a double-double in the New Year’s Eve loss to Fullerton, and he leads the Warriors in rebounding (6.8), while scoring 10.7 ppg. 

Northridge vs Hawaii Trends

  • CSUN is 22-9 against the spread, with a 13-18 O/U record
  • HAW is 13-17 against the spread, with a 15-14-1 over/under record

Cal State Northridge vs Hawaii Prediction

Northridge came thru for us yesterday, but they’ll face a stiffer test here with Hawaii, and it may reflect on the scoreboard. These two schools contrast in styles of play, as the Matadors like to get out and run, while the Warriors lean more on their defensive unit. The magic number sits a bit high for a game Hawaii’s defense could alter, so I like testing the Under for this Big West QF.

Corey’s Pick CSUN/HAW To Go UNDER

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