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Big West action tips tonight as the Cal State Fullerton Titans visit Long Beach State.
Each side enters this evening’s contest struggling as the Titans have dropped ten of twelve, and three straight conference tilts, to stand 6-13 (1-3 Big West). Meanwhile, Long Beach State has lost nine of twelve to also carry a 6-13 record in vs. Cal State. However, the 49’ers have shown positive signs recently while splitting their last four outings. Overall, Dan Monson’s men are 1-2 in conference play.
Last season, Cal State Fullerton edged its two-game set vs. Long Beach State.
Cal State Fullerton looking for rare road win tonight opposite Long Beach StateAfter finishing 10-6 in conference play last season, Cal State has lost its first three Big West outings this year. Those losses have come as rivals UC-Irvine, Hawaii and UC Riverside each exploited the Titans’ struggling offense. Overall, Cal State Fullerton averages 63.8 ppg (#327 NCAA). Included in these offensive shortcomings are the team’s mediocre 42-32 shooting numbers.
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Collin Well added 20 pts and ten rebounds as UC-Irvine recently downed the Titans 74-61. In defeat, Jackson Rowe added 18 pts as CSU Fullerton netted 38-28 overall. Rowe averages (13.6) to lead the Titans’ meager output. Defensively, CSU operates a bit better holding opponents to 67 ppg and 42-30 shooting. Though, offensive miscues continue holding down the Titans’ best offerings.
CSU Fullerton is 2-6 away this season.
Defensive issues plague Long Beach State’s advanceFollowing an 8-8 conference mark last season, Long Beach enters this afternoon’s contest functioning s bit smoother than their opponent. After downing UC Santa Barbara, the 49ers took UC-Davis to the wire before falling 85-82. In defeat, Chance Gunter added 28 pts as his team shot 52-52 overall. Hunter leads his group’s offensive charge at 14.7 pts.
Overall, the 49’ers average 68.6 ppg and allow 78.2 ppg. However those numbers have improved a bit during conference play 71 ppg and 77 allowed. Even at home vs. slightly lesser on-paper opposition, defensive stops will be needed if Dan Monson’s men are to even their Big West mark.
Long Beach is 5-2 from home this season.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
While recent momentum points in Long Beach State’s favor, their defensive shortcomings make it difficult to give ten a clear edge tonight. That stated, CSU Fullerton’s credible defense and desire to gain victory should be enough for the Titans to win a close contest this evening. Expect another strong Jackson Rowe performance, except this time he’ll have his teammates’ backing as Fullerton gains a rate road win. Back CSU Fullerton today.
Prediction: CSU Fullerton
Full-Game Total Pick
Though both teams play with varied paces, look for a Fullerton’s pace to quicken opposite Long Beach’s uptempo attack and lax defensive principles. Both teams will attempt a large amount of shots in a contest similar to the 49’ers recent offensive showdown vs. UC-Davis. Again, Rowe’s presence, and the freedom his supporting cast will enjoy tonight will go a long way in helping Long Beach push the total Over for tonightMs Big West showdown. Take the Over.