The Bakersfield Roadrunners (5-8) can snap a five-game road losing streak when they take on the Cal Poly Mustangs (2-9) at Robert A. Mott Gym. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Bakersfield Roadrunners at Cal Poly Mustangs Odds Preview
In the Roadrunners’ last game, they barely escaped the Montana State Bobcats, 74-72. Cam Allen led Bakersfield in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting. The Roadrunners had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (37.9 vs. 26.9), while the Bobcats had a turnover percentage of 21.9 (above the 18.1 mark opponents have averaged against Bakersfield this season).
The Mustangs are hoping for a better outcome after their 57-56 loss to the Sacramento State Hornets in their last contest. Kyle Colvin was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Sacramento State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 19.4). Cal Poly, meanwhile, held the Hornets to an effective field goal percentage of 0.411 (below the 0.543 mark opponents have averaged against Cal Poly this season).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Roadrunners won the sole game played against each other last season, 74-61. The Roadrunners dominated every facet of the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 and a turnover percentage of 18.9. For those same stats, the Mustangs had marks of 30.3 and 23.8, respectively.
Second-chance points might be few and far between for Cal Poly in this showdown. The Mustangs are among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 320th in offensive rebounding percentage at 22.5 percent. Meanwhile, Bakersfield ranks 42nd in the country at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 76.4 percent.
Bakersfield vs. Cal Poly Odds Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Bakersfield, ATS Winner – Bakersfield, O/U – Under
The Mustangs rank 232nd in three pointers attempted per game (17.8) while the Roadrunners rank 259th (15.9).
Bakersfield ranks 56th in rebounds per game (38.9) while Cal Poly ranks 249th (30.4).
The Roadrunners rank 39th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while the Mustangs rank 124th (7.1).
Bakersfield ranks 27th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Cal Poly ranks 65th (2.9).
The Mustangs’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.0, up from 8.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (1.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (0.3 below their season average).