The Big West Conference Tourney meeting between the Cal State Fullerton Titans (11-20, 6-10 BigWst) and the CSUN Matadors (15-17, 10-6 BigWst) will be played at Honda Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 153 points with CSUN set as a 3-point favorite. Action starts at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Cal State Fullerton Titans vs. CSUN Matadors ATS Preview
The last time the Titans played, they defeated the Long Beach State Beach, 75-69, covering as 4-point favorites. With 13 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, Austen Awosika played well for Cal State Fullerton. The Titans, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.487, had a mark of 0.533 and had a turnover percentage of 15.1 (better than their season average of 16.8). The two teams combined to score 144 points, which came in over the projected point total of 140.5.
The Matadors come in on a high note after covering the 2.5-point spread against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in their last matchup, 86-82. CSUN received a boost from Lamine Diane, who was the top scorer from either team with 34 points on 13-for-25 shooting. The Matadors knocked down 15 of their 18 free throws (83.3 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 25.4). Combined, the two squads scored 168 points, which finished well over the projected point total of 148.
CSUN appears to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Matadors currently rank 76th in offensive efficiency, while Cal State Fullerton ranks 206th in defensive efficiency.
Of Cal State Fullerton’s 29 games that accepted bets, 15 have finished under the O/U total, while 19 of CSUN’s 30 games have finished over the projected point total. The Matadors come into this game with much better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 15-17 SU and 16-14 ATS, while the Titans are 11-20 SU and 10-19 ATS.
Cal State Fullerton Titans vs. CSUN Matadors ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – CSUN, ATS Winner – CSUN, O/U – Under
The Titans rank 217th in rebounds allowed per game (36.4) while the Matadors rank 240th (37.2).
Cal State Fullerton ranks 35th in three pointers allowed per game (18.5) while CSUN ranks 275th (24.9).
The Matadors rank 79th in assists per game (14.0) while the Titans rank 228th (11.5).
CSUN ranks 21st in steals allowed per game (5.1) while Cal State Fullerton ranks 100th (6.1).
CSUN is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five games, Cal State Fullerton is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Matadors’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 0.2, down from 2.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Titans have scored an average of 69.0 points per game (2.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.6 points per game (4.4 above their season average).