Long Beach State 49ers vs Cal State Fullerton Titans Prediction, 1/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Long Beach State 49ers vs Cal State Fullerton Titans
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Titan Gym in Fullerton, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Long Beach State (+2.5)
The Long Beach State 49ers (2-3) head to Titan Gym on Friday where they'll take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans (1-2). Long Beach State opens this matchup as 2.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 150.5.
Long Beach State comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 2-3 for the season. The 49ers are hitting 36.0% on shots from 3-point land (32 of 89) and 73.5% from the charity stripe. They average 73.8 points per game (151st in D-1) while connecting on 41.2% from the floor. They cough up possession 14.2 times per game and as a squad they commit 19.4 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Long Beach State is snagging 30.8 boards per game and is sitting with 52 assists for the year, which ranks 319th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the 49ers are forcing their opponents into 13.8 turnovers per game and they draw 22.2 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 39.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 341st in college hoops in PPG allowed (89.0). The 49ers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.9% (151 of 336) and they relinquish 45.6 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 67th in college basketball in giving up assists with 77 relinquished this season.
The Long Beach State 49ers faced the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners and ended up losing by a score of 89-76 in their last contest. Long Beach State wrapped up the game with a 45.6% FG percentage (26 of 57) and converted 7 of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the 49ers made 17 of 21 tries for a percentage of 81.0%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 24 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 12 assists for this game as well as earning 5 steals and 3 blocked shots. With respect to the defense, Long Beach State allowed the other team to go 45.6% from the floor on 26 of 57 shooting. CSU Bakersfield doled out 12 assists and had 4 steals for this game. In addition, the Roadrunners collected 43 rebounds (18 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 3 rejections. CSU Bakersfield finished the contest at 70.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 21 of their 30 tries. They also knocked down 6 out of their 17 attempts from distance.
Isaiah Washington is a player who came through in the matchup. He finished with 18 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 mins and also snagged 2 rebounds. Washington finished shooting 50.0% from the field and distributed 3 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in the game for the 49ers was Joe Hampton. He totaled 5 boards and also accounted for 2 assists. He finished shooting 36.4% from the floor for this contest by shooting 4-of-11 (14 points). Overall, Hampton was on the hardwood for 24 min.
Cal State Fullerton has a mark of 1-2 for the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Titans are shooting 47.9% from the field, which is ranked 69th in college basketball. Cal State Fullerton has accounted for 218 pts on the campaign (72.7 per game) and they average 30.7 boards per game. They are earning an assist 13.7 times per contest (170th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 17.0 times per contest. The Titans are committing 16.3 fouls per game and they hit 85.0% from the charity stripe. The Titans are ranked 227th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 72.0. They give up 16.7 assists and 33.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 326th and 95th in the country. The Cal State Fullerton defense gives up 30.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (20 of 66) and their opposition knocks down 71.7% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 42.5% from the field (171st in college basketball).
For their last game, the Cal State Fullerton Titans took a loss by a final score of 65-61 when they faced the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Titans snagged 24 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 for the contest. They rejected 2 tries while getting 3 steals for this contest. The Gauchos earned 17 fouls in the game which got the Titans to the free throw line for 19 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of those for a clip of 100.0%. When talking about shooting from downtown, Cal State Fullerton converted 8 of their 14 tries (57.1%). In all, the Titans went 17 for 45 from the field which gave them a percentage of 37.8%. The Titans permitted the Gauchos to knock down 20 of their 57 attempts from the field which had them at 35.1% in this game. They went 15.8% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 3 out of 19 and ended up shooting 22 out of 27 from the free throw line (81.5%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Cal State Fullerton allowed UC Santa Barbara to collect 28 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Dante Maddox pitched in for the Titans for the game. He buried 5 of 8 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 62.5%, which had him finishing with 19 points. Maddox collected 3 rebounds in his 39 minutes and totaled 3 dimes in this matchup. One more player that was important for Cal State Fullerton was Tray Maddox. He scored 12 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood by going 4 of 10 from the floor for this contest. Maddox finished going 40.0% from the floor and also earning 2 dimes and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Long Beach State (+2.5)
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