When and where: November 12, 2019, Matadome, Northridge, CA, 10:00 PM ET
The Cal State Northridge Matadors hope to earn their first win of the season on Tuesday when hosting the Pepperdine Waves. Cal State hasn’t won a game since defeating Hawaii back on March 3, and they have opened up this season with consecutive losses to Oregon State and New Mexico. Meanwhile, Pepperdine bounced back from a season-opening loss to California with a dramatic 77-73 win over UC Irvine.
Waves find magic in MalibuUC Irvine had the Waves dead to rights at the Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday night. They led the game 73-64 with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter. The Waves would then work their way back into the game with clutch 3-point shots from Kessler Edwards and Colbey Ross, setting the stage for Kameron Edwards to step up and hit the game-winning 3-pointer that served as the dagger to the Anteaters.
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Cal State has given up 87-plus points in consecutive outings, and the Waves have shown the offensive firepower to give them problems. The Edwards brothers are both averaging double figures in scoring, along with the standout play from Ross and Skylar Chavez. They’ll look to attack a Cal State defense that allowed New Mexico to go 60 percent shooting from the floor.
Defense still remains a bit of a question mark for Pepperdine. They did a tremendous job on that end of the floor against UC Irvine, following a meltdown performance against California. The struggles defending the perimeter were apparent with the Golden Bears finishing with a 52.6 shooting percentage from long-range. Cal State doesn’t have that sort of firepower, but they also haven’t played as soft of a defense.
Can Cal State end the streak?Losing is all Cal State has known since the middle of March.
If we’re counting last season, they have lost their last five straight games. The two losses this season have been demoralizing considering their continued struggles on the defensive end of the floor. They are handing out buckets like free food samples, and opposing teams are gobbling them up on a nightly basis.
Pepperdine is an unselfish basketball team with plenty of scorers to get buckets. If the Cal State isn’t careful, Tuesday’s meeting could turn into an early Thanksgiving with their defense on the menu. This isn’t anything new for the Matadors coming off a season where they had one of the worst scoring defenses in the nation.
Perhaps their only hope is big scoring nights from Terrell Gomez and Lance Coleman. Gomez, in particular, should be able to find success against a suspect Pepperdine defense. He is shooting 50.0 percent from 3-pointer and leading the team with a 16.5-point scoring average. Coleman has proven to have some range on his shot as well.
The Matadors will need it if this game creeps into shootout territory.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Waves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Waves are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games following an ATS win.
- Matadors are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 home games against a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Matadors are 7-20-3 ATS in their last 30 Tuesday games.
- Matadors are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against teams in the West Coast.
- Matadors are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.