Cal State Fullerton vs. Hawaii College Basketball Odds, Picks, Predictions: Warriors Have Edge at Home (Saturday, February 12)
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Cal State Fullerton vs. Hawaii Odds
|Cal State Fullerton Odds|
-110o / -110u
-110o / -110u
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will look to stop a three-game losing streak as they host CSU Fullerton on Saturday night. Before the long streak, Hawaii was a perfect 6-0 in conference play.
Cal St. Fullerton is also looking to bounce back after suffering just its second conference loss of the season, falling to the same Long Beach Island team that handed Hawaii its most recent loss.
Both the Titans and the Rainbow Warriors rank in the top five of the Big West. Hawaii leads the series all-time 13-4, as well as going 7-3 in the last 10 and 6-2 on the island.
This game is huge as far as conference tourney seeding goes. The Big West is crowded and there are four and maybe even five teams that could come out of the conference tourney, including these two.
This is also the only meeting between these two, so it will be crucial for potential tiebreaker scenarios.
The Titans average 71.2 points per game, ranked fourth in the Big West and right behind Hawaii. Cal State Fullerton also leads the Big West in free throw shooting, hitting 78.3% of their shots.
CSU is led by the the best scorer in the league, E.J. Anosike, who is averaging 16.5 points per game and also leads his team In rebounds and blocks.
On the defensive end, the Titans have some serious issues when it comes to defending the three. They rank 308th in the country in defensive 3-point percentage.
Opposing teams are hitting 36.3% from outside the arc against CSF, which could be detrimental against the Rainbow Warriors, who have been hitting 34.9% from deep.
Hawaii is averaging 71.4points per game and leads the Big West in made threes per game at 8.8 per contest, while also leading the conference in 3-point percentage at 36.6%.
The Rainbow Warriors are led by Noel Coleman, who is averaging 14.9 points per game, while Jerome Desrosiers has tacked on 11.6 per contest. Bernardo da Silva is also a crucial part of this Hawaii team. He averages just 11.1 per game but is a playmaker who can step up when the team needs him most.
On the defensive end, Hawaii holds opponents to just 42,2% from the field and has limited teams to just 65.9 points per game. The Warriors are also 95th in the country when it comes to defending two-point shots. While the Titans rank outside the top 250 in field goal and 3-point attempts, Hawaii is one of the best at limiting attempts outside the arc.
One area, though, that the Hawaii defense may get themselves in trouble is fouls. Hawaii is averaging 17.1 fouls per game, and the Titans force opposing teams to 19.5 per contest. What’s even more worrisome, however, is that Cal St. Fullerton is the best shooting team in the Big West at the line. If they get there enough, they could come back against Hawaii the hard way.
Cal State Fullerton vs. Hawaii Betting Pick
Both teams have been great against the spread. The Titans are 11-7-1 on the season while Hawaii is 10-6-1. Cal St. Fullerton is covering on the road at 6-4-1, while the Rainbow Warriors have been 6-4 at home.
But its hard to go against Hawaii at home. I believe they will be hungry to get a win after suffering three losses in row. They also know how important this game could be to a number of things in the postseason.
I’m backing the Rainbow Warriors as high as a 2.5-point favorite.
Pick: Hawaii -2.5 or better.
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