College Basketball Betting Free Pick: UW-Green Bay Phoenix at Cleveland State Vikings
FREE PICK: UW-Green Bay Phoenix at Cleveland State Vikings
#623 Green Bay –4 (Thursday, February 7 @ 7 pm EST)
Not much was expected of the UW-Green Bay Phoenix at the outset of the season. They were picked near the bottom of the Horizon League by prognosticators after a tough 13-20 campaign last year. They brought in four JuCos and a transfer to shake things up and there wasn’t much chemistry in the early going. Green Bay was ranked just #258 in KenPom (www.kenpom.com) on November 11. Head coach Linc Darner faced a tough non-conference schedule that was rated 21st in the nation out of 353 teams. But they held their own at 6-7 heading into conference play. That made them a better team and they’ve been competitive in the Horizon. They’re 5-5 in conference and have done a good job of taking care of the teams at the bottom of the league.
Cleveland State certainly fits that description as they enter today’s action 1-10 in the Horizon and 287th overall in KenPom. They haven’t even been competitive in their league home games, dropping four of five by double digits. Cleveland State is also pretty banged up right now. Team leader and point guard Tyree Appleby is nursing a hand injury but is probable. Kasheem Thomas and Jaalam Hill are questionable as well and both are starters. It’s hard to envision the Vikings winning this game and I like favorites in this price range on the road. Take Green Bay to get the job done tonight.
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