Free CBB Hoops Pick: Matadors vs Red Storm Odds
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(3-5) Cal State Northridge Matadors vs. St. John’s Red Storm (3-5)
Date: Monday December 5, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM ET
Venue: Carnesecca Arena, Queens, New York
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: St. John’s -13
CBB Betting Total: 167
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Neither of these teams is off to a great start. Both need wins as much as possible to build some confidence before conference play starts.
Northridge is looking to join in the upper echelon in the Big West. It is a leap but things like that can happen in a small conference.
St. Johns is stil a name brand program but times have been pretty lean lately.
Cal State Northridge Matadors
For a small conference team like CSN the early part of the season is all about figuring things out so they are good to go when conference play starts. Their best game of the year might have been a 15 point loss to UCLA. The only game in which they have covered.
Coming into the season the top player for the Matadors was expected to be Kendall Smith. The UNLV transfer has been good, second on the team in scoring and tops in assists. He scored 21 against UCLA.
Tavrion Dawson, a bouncy forward, has improved his game this season. Leading the club in scoring by a hair. He also had a big game against UCLA with 18 & 9 and will have to be a factor for this group.
The Matadors should not get pushed around by the bigger conference Red Storm. They have enough bulk if not a super amount of talent inside. Rakim Lubin at 257 pounds leads the team in rebounding.
This team can shoot and can score 81ppg thanks to making close to 40% of his three point shots. Four players average 11 or more points per game.
The challenge has been on the defensive end where they are giving up more than 90ppg. Their experience should mean they are not going to rattled on the road.
St. John’s Red Storm
St. John’s had a terrible season last year, winning just one game in the Big East. Things are expected to progress this season but we might not get a true measure of where this program is at until the end of the season.
This is an international outfit with players from Italy, Mali, Spain and Germany, in addition to the US of course.
Red Storm legend Chris Mullin has helped big time in terms of recruiting. This year’s top players are freshman guards Marcus LoVett and Shamorie Ponds.
The duo do not have a lot of size but average 33ppg between them while ranking 1-2 in assists and second and third in rebounding. They are the kind of duo that could lead the program back to respectability.
Another first year player is third on the team in scoring. Bashir Ahmed played at Hutchinson Community College last year and is leading the team in rebounding.
The Red Storm do not get a lot of production inside which will make things pretty even on the floor, possibly. It will really be a game of experience (CSN) vs youthfulness.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-1 in CSN last 10 non-conference games.
- Over is 8-1 in CSN last 9 overall.
- Under is 8-2 in SJU last 10 Mon. games.
- Over is 8-3 in SJU last 11 overall.
Free Cal State Northridge Matadors vs. St. John’s Red Storm NCAAB Prediction:
Travelling cross country for a game is never easy. However, this experienced group should not be too far off their game, which is winnable. Let’s see what the line is once it is actually posted.
St. John’s could be on the rise thanks to their new perimeter talents. The problem with frosh though is that as exciting as they are consistency can be a challenge.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: CSN ATS
I think the Matadors will hold their own in this one and could even win. Look for them to a live dog and play this one down to the final possession or two.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: St. John’s 81 – Cal State Northridge 80
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