BigWst foes will collide when the Long Beach State Beach (10-18, 5-7 BigWst) challenge the CSUN Matadors (11-17, 6-6 BigWst) at The Walter Pyramid. Action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
CSUN Matadors vs. Long Beach State Beach ATS Preview
The Matadors got blown out by the UC Irvine Anteaters in their last contest, 87-64. CSUN’s Lamine Diane finished with 18 points and seven rebounds in the contest. UC Irvine held the Matadors to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.9 (below their season average of 25.4). CSUN, on the other hand, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (10-12; 83.3 percent).
The last time the Beach took the court, they beat the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 64-60. With 15 points on 4-for-8 shooting, Michael Carter III was Long Beach State’s high scorer. The Beach had an absurd free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.223) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.544 (above their season average of 0.481).
The upper-echelon offense of CSUN (99th in the NCAA with an effective field goal percentage 0.516) will battle against the mid-tier defense of Long Beach State (279th in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.515). The Matadors should have the advantage on that end of the court.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Matadors won 95-77. The Matadors played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.339 and a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.636. For those same stats, the Beach recorded marks of 0.159 and 0.478, respectively. Diane put up a double-double in the victory with 33 points and 15 rebounds.
CSUN Matadors vs. Long Beach State Beach ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Long Beach State, ATS Winner – Long Beach State, O/U – Under
CSUN ranks 197th in three pointers attempted per game (20.7) while Long Beach State ranks 295th (16.4).
The Beach’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.0, down from 8.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Matadors have scored an average of 75.8 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 81.8 points per game (2.5 above their season average).