7 p.m. ET – Oakland vs. Cleveland State (-3) O/U: 140.5
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Oakland||+3 (-110)||+125||O 140½ (-115)|
|Cleveland State||-3 (-110)||-145||U 140½ (-105)|
The Horizon League championship game features No. 3 seed Oakland (12-17) and the favored No.1 seed Cleveland State (18-7). The underdog Golden Grizzlies advanced to the title tilt with a 69-58 stress-free win over No. 4 seed Northern Kentucky on Monday night. The Grizzlies led the final 36 minutes of the game to cruise to the title game. The Vikings’ semifinal victory came in a much different fashion. Cleveland State was down seven with five minutes to go before closing the game on a 19-7 run to win 71-65 over No. 8 seed Milwaukee. The Vikings swept Oakland in the regular season, most recently scoring an 80-78 victory at Oakland on Feb. 6.
Grizzlies guard Jalen Moore ranks third in the Horizon League in scoring with 17.8 points per game and first with 8.4 assists per game. Moore averaged 16 points and 8.5 assists in the season series against Cleveland State. Vikings guard Torrey Patton leads Cleveland State with 14.6 points and season rebounds per game.
Patton had a big season series against the Grizzlies with 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds on average in the two games, and the Vikings will be looking for more of the same from him in this championship contest. Both teams have had immense success against the spread this season with a combined record of 34-20 against the spread.
Cleveland State has had Oakland’s number this season, but they expended a whole lot of energy completing last night’s stirring comeback in the semifinal win over Milwaukee, placing less value on picking the spread in this one.
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