Oakland Golden Grizzlies at Cleveland State Vikings – NCAAM March 9

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.

Oakland Golden Grizzlies LogoGrizzlies 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.

Cleveland State Vikings LogoPatton 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.

Please Note:
The value for Tuesday night’s title game is on the Over/Under total. The Grizzlies have seen 22 of their 29 games this season going over the total, including the first two matchups against the Vikings. Combining both teams’ last 10 games, Overs have hit at a 73-percent clip. Expect that trend to continue on Tuesday night with a trip to the NCAA tournament on the line. Take the over of 140.5 points between two teams who averaged 155 total points in each of their two matchups this season.
The Bets
Over 140½

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