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Where: Kress Events Center
When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8:00 pm ET
We have a Horizon League match up to consider for Saturday evening when Cleveland State Vikings meet the Green Bay Phoenix for an evening of Horizon League college basketball. Cleveland State enters this matchup coming off a road win over Milwaukee that covered the +7 point spread. Green Bay defeated Youngstown State in Green Bay and covered the five-point spread.
Cleveland State Beats MilwaukeeCleveland State is 11-19 overall with a 7-10 record in conference play this season. The Vikings have won two of its last five games and Saturday marks game two of a two-game road trip. Cleveland State is 3-11 this season on the road and has covered the spread in four of its last five games. The Vikings are fourth in the conference and will likely miss the NCAA Tournament this season.
The play of the game happened after @hmferreira17 turnover. Watch @jayhill502 immediate reaction then @jeremysanchez19 followed with a touch. Yes, I think we won because of a #hug&high5 @CSU_Basketball pic.twitter.com/0PQP9Cklmp— Dennis Gates (@coachdgates) February 28, 2020
The Vikings score an average of 64.2 points while allowing 71.5 points per game. Cleveland State is shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 30.1 percent from downtown and 66.6 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Cleveland State has three players scoring in double figures and are led by junior forward Algevon Eichelberger. The junior forward is scoring 14.5 points with a team high 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Eichelberger is shooting 26.7 percent from long range and scored 20 points with three caroms and three assists in the home win over Milwaukee.
Green Bay Beats Youngstown StateGreen Bay is 10-7 in conference play with an overall record of 15-15 this season. The Phoenix is 7-3 this season at home and has won three of its last five games. Saturday marks game two of a two-game homestand and the Phoenix is 3-2 ATS over their last five games. Green Bay is third in the Horizon League standings and will likely miss the NCAA Tournament.
🎥: Coach Darner following our big home win tonight at the Resch. pic.twitter.com/HbGbWcSpLH— Green Bay Basketball (@gbphoenixmbb) February 28, 2020
The Phoenix score an average of 82.4 points per game and allow 81.1 points per game this season. Green Bay makes 46.1 percent of its field goal attempts, 37.6 percent of its triple tries with a 75.6 percent free-throw shooting percentage.
Green Bay has three players scoring in double figures and is led by senior guard JayQuan McCloud. The senior guard scores an average of 17.5 points with a team high 4.9 rebounds and a team high 4.5 assists per game this season. McCloud scored 23 points with four rebounds and four assists in the Phoenix home win over Youngstown State.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will take Green Bay in this matchup. Green Bay has too much for the Vikings and this being his last home game, expect McCloud to have a big night against a very soft Vikings defense. The Phoenix score the fourth-most points per game in NCAA hoops and the Vikings are going to have a difficult time on Saturday. I will take Green Bay to defeat Cleveland State in this contest.
Prediction: Green Bay
Full-Game Total Pick
We don’t have a total to point to for Saturday but I will be going with the OVER in this matchup. We have two soft defenses playing in their last regular-season game playing for nothing more than pride and next year, so expect a lot of points to be scored. Green Bay plays at one of the fastest tempos in college ball and this pace-up contest will lead to enough possessions to exceed the total. I will play OVER in this contest.