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Long Beach State vs California-San Diego Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Beach vs Tritons Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Long Beach State Beach at California-San Diego Tritons
  • Where: San Diego at LionTree Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Long Beach State -4, LBST -188 | UCSD +152 O/U 147.0

Beach Preview:

Long Beach State will take the floor against the Tritons with an overall record of 9-10. So far, the Beach have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 2-6. This season, Long Beach State has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 6-4. For today’s contest, Long Beach State has a betting line set -4 points in their favor.

Important to the outcome of the game, is if Joel Murray will be able to suit up for the Beach’s. Heading into play, Murray leads the team at 15.69 points per game. So far, he has an effective field goal percentage of 44.0% while also adding 3.88 rebounds. Even if Joel Murray ends up playing, Long Beach State will be counting on Lassina Traore to continue his solid play for the team. Currently, Traore is the Beach’s second leading scorer at 11.0 points per game. So far, he has hit 52.6% of his field goal attempts.

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On offense, Long Beach State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 19 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 31.73% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Tritons Preview:

The California-San Diego Tritons head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 7-12. Currently, the Tritons have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 3-6. So far, the Tritons have been the underdog 16 times, going 5-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.

California-San Diego will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Bryce Pope who is averaging 18.83 points per game for the Tritons. Pope is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tritons’ offensive game plan is the play of Roddie Anderson III who has hit 38.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.16 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, California-San Diego will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Tritons are ranked 233rd at 70.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 460th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, California-San Diego is close to the NCAA average at 37.0%.

Free Spread Prediction: Long Beach State Beach -4

Heading into tip-off for this matchup between the California-San Diego Tritons and Long Beach State Beach, our analysis shows that Long Beach State will look to make up for their disadvantage from beyond the arc, by pounding the ball inside. For the season, the Long Beach State’s offense is doing an excellent job at generating opportunities from the charity stripe. Look for this trend to continue, in what should be a strong offensive effort for Long Beach State. In today’s game, we feel good laying the points with the Beach.


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