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#675 Cal State Fullerton 139 vs.
#676 Stanford -13
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:00pm EST
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Stanford Cardinal will host the Cal State Fullerton Titans in non-conference play Saturday night from the Maples Pavilion. The Titans went 16-18 last season and lost 76-58 to BYU in their season opener. The Cardinal posted a 15-16 regular-season record in 2018-19 and collected a 73-62 home win over Montana in their season opener. This marks the first meeting between these schools since 2012.

Cal State Fullerton Topped by BYU in Season Opener

The Cal State Fullerton Titans have their work cut out for them this season. The Titans have reached the conference tournament final in two straight seasons but are dealing with the loss of their two stars in Khalil Ahmad and Kyle Allman who both averaged over 17 PPG. The Titans do return Jackson Rowe who finished third in team scoring with 11.3 PPG on a 54% mark from the field, and he also averaged 7.9 rebounds. Rowe did not play in Tuesday’s 76-58 season-opening defeat to BYU, and it is unclear if he will play in this one.

Austen Awosika is expected to flourish this season in his fourth year. The senior guard brings a bit of everything to the table, and he compiled 7.6PPG and 4.8 RPG last year. Awosika accrued 16 points on a 7 for 13 shooting performance in the loss to BYU on Tuesday night. Wayne Arnold had a quiet freshman season with an average of only 12 minutes per game, but he started his season with a nine-point performance in Tuesday’s loss.

Cal State Fullerton was projected to place 5th in the 9-team Big West conference in the preseason media poll. The Titans averaged 71.7 points last year, ranking them 201st in the country. They allowed an average of 71 points, positioning them 169th overall.

Retooling Stanford Earns Win in Season Opener

The Stanford Cardinal underachieved last season with an 8-10 record in PAC-12 play. This season can be viewed as a retooling season after losing top scorer KZ Okpala (16.8 PPG) to the NBA and Josh Sharma (10.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG) to graduation. The Cardinal’ leader will be Daejon Davis. The junior guard averaged a solid 11.4 points and 4.4 assists per game in 2018-2019 and he will likely lead his team in scoring and assists this year. Davis struggled in Wednesday’s 73-62 victory over Montana, netting two points on a 1 for 5 shooting performance.

Fortunately, Oscar da Silva is back for his third season with Stanford. The junior, who is a native of Germany, offers point production and rebounding. He averaged 9.5 points and six rebounds last year. The Cardinals will have a few freshmen in the lineup which includes Tyrell Terry who is rated as a four-star prospect. Terry scored 13 points in his debut on Wednesday night

Stanford was voted to finish in 10th place in the PAC-12 preseason media poll. The Cardinal scored an average of 72.7 points in 2018-2019, pegging them 164th overall. They held opponents to 71.8 points, positioning them 188th in the country.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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I am siding with Stanford in this one. Cal State Fullerton has a big hole that is almost impossible to fill in one offseason. Last year their offense revolved around Khalil Ahmad and Kyle Allman who are both no longer on the team. The duo combined to an average close to 18 points per game each.

Furthermore, Stanford returns enough talent to be a competitive team, and Cal State Fullerton is an opponent they should exploit. Daejon Davis is a talented guard that averaged 11.4 PPG last year, along with Oscar da Silva who is a solid rebounder and averaged 9.5 points last year. Cal State Fullerton last lost by 18 points to BYU in their season opener, and I expect the Cardinal to hand them another big loss.

Prediction: Stanford Cardinal

Full-Game Total Pick

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I expect a low scoring bout. Cal State Fullerton only averaged 71.7 points in 2018-2019 with two stars in Khalil Ahmed and Kyle Allman, and they don't have enough depth to fill the void. Scoring points will be an issue especially against superior opponents such as Stanford. Also, the under is  6-2 in the Titans’ last eight road games.

In addition, the Cardinal' are not a high scoring team. They only scored 73 points against Montana in their season opener, plus they only return one player that averaged double-digits in points last season. The under is a perfect 7-0 in Stanford’s last seven games, and that trend should prevail again in this one.

Prediction: Under

Full-Game Prop Bet

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The under on the Cal State Fullerton team total available on PointsBet is a recommended play. The Titans only managed 58 points on 37% shooting in their season-opening defeat against BYU. Scoring points is going to be a problem as they do not have enough to compensate for the loss of their top two scorers. They are relying heavily on Austin Awosika who only averaged 7.6 points last year.

Prediction: Cal State Fullerton Team Total Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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I am sticking with Stanford on the halftime line. Stanford limited Montana to only 28 points in the first half in Wednesday’s season opener, and I expect a similar result in this one. Cal State Fullerton squandered 38 points in the first half to BYU on Wednesday while only scoring 24 points themselves.

Prediction: Stanford
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.