Long Beach State vs CSU Bakersfield Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (10-19, 6-12 Big West) will try to stop a three-game losing skid when visiting the Long Beach State Beach (16-14, 10-8 Big West) on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Walter Pyramid. This matchup is at 10:00 PM ET on ESPN+.

The Beach match up with the Roadrunners in a game that Long Beach State is currently a double-digit favorite by 11 points. The matchup’s over/under is 140.5.

Long Beach State vs. CSU Bakersfield Odds

Point Spread for Long Beach State vs. CSU Bakersfield

The spread for this matchup is set at 11 points, with oddsmakers listing Long Beach State as the favorite.

Long Beach State vs. CSU Bakersfield Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Long Beach State has -651 odds to pick up the win, while CSU Bakersfield is listed at +464 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 140.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Long Beach, California
  • Arena: Walter Pyramid

Long Beach State vs. CSU Bakersfield Betting Trends

Against the spread, Long Beach State is 11-16-1 this season. The Beach have been favorites in 17 games this season and have come away with the win 12 times (70.6%) in those contests. Long Beach State’s games this year have hit the over on 15 of 27 set point totals.

CSU Bakersfield has 12 wins against the spread in 27 games this year. The Roadrunners have compiled a 6-18 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 25% of those games). CSU Bakersfield’s games this year have gone over the total in 16 of 27 opportunities (59.3%).

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Long Beach State vs. CSU Bakersfield Key Players to Watch

Long Beach State

Lassina Traore is tops on the Beach at 10.3 rebounds per game, while also posting 1.1 assists and 12.4 points. Aboubacar Traore paces his team in assists per game (3.4), and also averages 10.1 points and 8.7 rebounds. At the other end, he puts up 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Marcus Tsohonis leads the Beach with 15.1 points per contest and 2 assists, while also posting 3.3 rebounds. AJ George puts up 8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Defensively, he delivers 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocked shots.

CSU Bakersfield

Antavion Collum is the Roadrunners’ top scorer (12.7 points per game) and assist man (1.4), and averages 4.9 rebounds. Cameron Smith is the Roadrunners’ top rebounder (5.4 per game), and he averages 8.4 points and 1.3 assists. Travis Henson gets the Roadrunners 8.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists per contest. He also delivers 0.4 steals and 1 block. The Roadrunners get 9.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game from Marvin McGhee.

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What you need to know about the Long Beach State Beach

Long Beach State is 7-10-1 ATS in conference play this season. The Beach rank 73rd in the nation with 76.2 points per game this season. At the other end of the court, they rank 289th with 73.8 points allowed per game. Long Beach State is allowing 31.4 rebounds per game this season (198th-ranked in college basketball), but it has provided a lift by grabbing 37.4 rebounds per contest (fifth-best).

Offensively the Beach have played worse in home games this year, averaging 77.1 points per game, compared to 77.3 per game when playing on the road. It’s been a tough stretch for Long Beach State in terms of three-pointers, as it is tallying only 4.3 made threes per game (-3-worst in college basketball) and is sinking just 29.6% of its attempted treys (ninth-worst). The Beach are ceding 8.4 threes per game (314th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opponents to shoot 33.6% (166th-ranked) from downtown.

The Beach have gone 6-4 over their past 10 games, with a 4-5-1 record against the spread in that span. Five of Long Beach State’s past 10 contests have hit the over. Long Beach State has been scoring 74.6 points per game in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s a little lower than the 76.2 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Long Beach State’s points-allowed average over its past 10 games (72.3) is 1.5 fewer points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (73.8).

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What you need to know about the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners

CSU Bakersfield has covered nine times in 18 matchups with a spread in conference play this year. The Roadrunners are the fifth-worst squad in the country in points scored (61.7 per game) and 41st in points allowed (64.9). CSU Bakersfield is 318th in the country in rebounds per game (28.9) and 51st in rebounds allowed (28.8).

At home, the Roadrunners score 64.5 points per game. Away, they average 58.3. In 2022-23 CSU Bakersfield is 0-worst in the country in 3-point makes (4.5 per game) and rank 178th in 3-point percentage (34.4%). Defensively, the Roadrunners are 204th in the nation in 3-pointers allowed per game at 7.4. They are 213th in 3-point percentage allowed at 34.3%.

The Roadrunners have gone 4-6 over their past 10 games, with a 6-4 record against the spread during that span. Nine of CSU Bakersfield’s last 10 outings have hit the over. Over its previous 10 games, CSU Bakersfield is posting 68 points per contest, 6.3 more than its season average (61.7). The Roadrunners have fared worse defensively over their previous 10 games, ceding 70.1 points per contest, 5.2 more points their than season average of 64.9.

Long Beach State vs. CSU Bakersfield Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is Long Beach State, and we expect that CSU Bakersfield will cover the spread (Long Beach State -11). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 140.5 points.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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