Long Beach State (2-2) at San Francisco (4-2)
Today’s matchup is only the ninth time that The Beach and the Dons have squared off as Long Beach State owns a 5-3 lead in the series which started back in 1972 when The Beach took a 75-55 win over the Dons at the NCAA Tournament’s West Regional in Provo, Utah. The two teams last met on Nov. 10, 2017 when Long Beach State took an 83-71 win at USF.
Vs. The Spread
Long Beach State is 2-14 SU in it’s last 16 road games; however, the points force a choice to be made as the total has gone OVER in four of The Beach’s last five games, but the play has been UNDER in seven of the last eight vs. the WCC. The total has also gone OVER in four of the Dons’ last five while San Francisco has also won with the OVER vs. the Big West as the number was passed in the last five.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Long Beach State||+15.5 (-110)||+890||O 150.5 (-115)|
|San Francisco||-15.5 (-110)||-1600||U 150.5 (-105)|
Last Time Out
The Beach lead wire-to-wire in an 80-75 win in the home opener vs. Seattle U. Guard Isaiah Washington hit a late 3-pointer in the midst of clutch free throwing shooting to allow LBSU to square it’s record at 1-1. Washington led all scorers with 24 while Michael Carter, III, had 17 and Chance Hunter checked in with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Dons picked up their second consecutive win by 25 or more points last Friday when they downed Cal Poly, 88-60. This victory came on the heels of an 85-60 romp of Nevada in Reno some four days earlier. Jamaree Bouyea led USF with 18 points while Dzmitry Ryuny had 15 points and 10 boards as USF held the Mustangs to 37.3 percent from the floor and only 3-of-17 from the 3-point line.
The team now officially known as “The Beach” has been led by senior guard Isaiah Washington who has averaged 20.5 points in his first two games. Washington makes his third stop at LBSU after playing previously at Minnesota and Iona. Chance Hunter was one of six players chosen as a first team all-Big West performer in a preseason media poll. He averages 13 points and seven boards while Michael Carter, III, has gotten off to a solid start at 18 points per game while making 90 percent of his free throws.
The Long Beach State 49ers is only shooting 39.8 percent from the field in the first two while being outshot from 3-point land, .390 to .298.
USF has a pair of impressive wins in taking a 61-60 upset over Virginia in Bubbleville at the Mohegan Sun Casino back November and then the 85-60 decision at Nevada last week. The backcourt of Jamaree Bouyea and Khalil Shabazz are a daunting matchup for anyone in the college game. They combine to average 33.8 points per night and if you add backcourt mate Damari Milstead to the mix, the trio has scored 50 percent of the Dons’ points. The Dons’ are 19-2 under second-year coach Todd Golden when making more field goals that their opponent.
Winner: San Francisco 91, Long Beach State (+15.5) 77
Over-Under: Take OVER 150.5