Cal Poly Mustangs vs CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners Prediction, 1/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cal Poly Mustangs vs CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Icardo Center in Bakersfield, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Cal Poly (+4.5)
The Cal Poly Mustangs (2-4) are headed to Icardo Center on Friday where they'll meet the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (5-4). The spread on this matchup has CSU Bakersfield as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 129.5.
Cal Poly heads into this game with a win-loss record of 2-4 this season. The Mustangs are connecting on 31.4% on shots from beyond the arc (37 of 118) and 71.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 69.5 pts per game (239th in the country) while shooting 42.1% from the field. They are turning it over 14.2 times per game and as a team are committing 17.3 personal fouls every game. As a team, Cal Poly is pulling down 36.2 boards per contest and has accounted for 83 dimes for the year, which is 276th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Mustangs are able to force 15.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 62nd in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 76 surrendered so far this season. The Mustangs are allowing a FG percentage of 45.1% (155 of 344) and they surrender 36.0 boards per game as a unit. They relinquish 32.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 196th in college basketball in PPG allowed (71.2).
The Cal Poly Mustangs stepped onto the hardwood against the Loyola Marymount Lions and ended up losing by a score of 76-52 in their last game. Cal Poly ended the game with a 34.0% field goal percentage (16 of 47) and converted 6 out of their 19 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mustangs converted 14 of their 21 shots for a rate of 66.7%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they collected 23 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 7 assists in the matchup as well as having 7 steals and 2 rejections. In regard to defending, Cal Poly allowed the other team to shoot 34.0% from the field on 16 of 47 shooting. Loyola Marymount recorded 16 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Lions snagged 30 boards (6 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Loyola Marymount went 66.7% at the free throw line by converting 16 of their 24 tries. They also made 6 out of their 20 tries from long range.
Camren Pierce is a player who had an impact for the matchup. He had 10 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He played for 24 minutes played and also totaled 2 boards. Pierce shot 62.5% from the field and also recorded 3 assists. Someone else that was a factor in this contest for the Mustangs was Brantly Stevenson. He pulled down 2 boards and also earned 2 assists. He ended up going 25.0% from the field for the matchup by going 2-of-8 (8 points). When this game wrapped up, Stevenson was on the hardwood for 26 min.
CSU Bakersfield has a mark of 5-4 this year. In terms of offensive execution, the Roadrunners are hitting on 43.7% from the field, which is ranked 211th in college basketball. CSU Bakersfield has totaled 671 points this season (74.6 per contest) and they pull down 40.9 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.9 times per contest (213th in the country) and they are turning it over 14.8 times per contest. The Roadrunners have committed 21.4 fouls every game and they connect on 71.6% from the charity stripe. The Roadrunners on defense are ranked 50th in the nation in points given up per game with 63.7. The CSU Bakersfield defense gives up 33.7% on 3-point shots (64 of 190) and their opponents are converting on 67.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 11.9 assists and 27.9 boards per contest, which is 122nd and 8th in college hoops. They are forcing their opponents into 16.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.2% from the field (111th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the court, the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners walked away with a victory by a final of 89-76 when they faced the Long Beach State 49ers. The Roadrunners were able to pull down 25 defensive boards and 18 offensive boards totaling 43 for the matchup. They stuffed 2 tries while recording 4 steals in the game. The 49ers committed 21 fouls for the game which took the Roadrunners to the charity stripe for a total of 30 attempts. They were able to bury 21 of those for a rate of 70.0%. Concerning shooting from downtown, CS Bakersfield made 6 out of their 17 tries (35.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Roadrunners finished 31 for 67 from the field which had them at 46.3%. The Roadrunners permitted the 49ers to convert 26 of 57 tries from the floor which left them shooting 45.6% in this contest. They shot 35.0% from three-point range by connecting on 7 out of 20 and ended up shooting 17 of 21 at the free throw line (81.0%). When it comes to cleaning the glass, CS Bakersfield allowed Long Beach State to pull down 24 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Justin Edler-Davis ended up being a major contributor for the Roadrunners in this contest. He converted 5 of 13 for the contest for a rate of 38.5%, which had him sitting at 15 points. Edler-Davis totaled 6 boards in his 34 mins played and added 2 assists for the contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for CSU Bakersfield was Justin McCall. He walked away with 13 points in 27 minutes on the hardwood via 6 out of 8 shooting in the game. McCall ended up shooting 75.0% from the floor while collecting 2 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take CSU Bakersfield (-4.5)
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