The CSUN Matadors (3-11) will be at home in the Matadome when they square off with the Morgan State Bears (6-8). Action starts at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.
Morgan State Bears at CSUN Matadors ATS Preview
In the Bears’ last outing, they barely escaped the Loyola Marymount Lions, 74-71. Troy Baxter was the game’s high scorer with 27 points on 8-for-15 shooting. The Bears had a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 19.5) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.556 (above their season average of 0.468).
The Matadors are trying to rebound after their 103-72 loss to the Boise State Broncos in their last outing. Lamine Diane was CSUN’s high scorer with 28 points on 9-for-22 shooting. Boise State’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over CSUN. The Broncos had a rate of 33.3 (above their season average of 23.8), while the Matadors posted a mark of 17.5 (below their season average of 25.8).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after the Matadors won the only game last season, 94-86. CSUN had a much better free throw rate (0.313 vs. 0.200). Morgan State, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (9.1 vs. 18.8).
Expect Morgan State to own the offensive glass in this contest. The Bears rank 60th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.5 percent), while CSUN ranks 327th in defensive rebounding percentage (66.9 percent).
Morgan State at CSUN Free Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Morgan State, ATS Winner – Morgan State, O/U – Under
The Bears rank 53rd in blocks per game (4.1) while the Matadors rank 125th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
CSUN ranks 47th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while Morgan State ranks 96th (6.4).
Morgan State ranks 54th in assists allowed per game (11.1) while CSUN ranks 239th (17.7).
The Bears rank 85th in rebounds per game (37.8) while the Matadors rank 243rd (32.2).
CSUN ranks 132nd in three pointers attempted per game (22.5) while Morgan State ranks 254th (17.8).
The Matadors’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.4, down from 10.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 74.0 points per game (3.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.8 points per game (0.2 above their season average).