Long Beach State 49ers (13-16 SU, 12-15 ATS, 13-14 O/U) vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans (15-10 SU, 13-8 ATS, 7-14 O/U)
NCAAB: Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. EST
The Long Beach State 49ers have lost three of their last four games heading into a road date with the Cal State Fullerton Titans at Titan Gym on Saturday night. Long Beach State is coming off consecutive setbacks against UC-Santa Barbara and Hawaii. Cal State Fullerton had won three in a row before falling at UC-Irvine on Wednesday.
1,000 career points
Long Beach State senior Gabe Levin scored his team’s first 10 points during Thursday’s 74-63 loss at Hawaii, reaching the 1,000-point for his career (he needed just four going into the contest). Levin, who finished with 18 points, moved into 22nd place in 49ers’ program history in the scoring department. The 6’7” forward is averaging 18.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season.
Levin went for 19 points, nine rebounds, and three assists in the previous meeting between these two teams during the 2017-18 campaign–an 81-73 home victory for the 49ers on Jan. 20. He went 7-for-14 from the floor, 3-for-3 from the land of plenty, and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Long Beach State committed 15 turnovers, but it made up for those struggles by going 11-for-21 (52.4 percent) from three-point range. The 49ers also dominated the rebounding battle 43 to 31.
Cal State Fullerton guard Kyle Allman Jr. is currently second in the Big West Conference at 19.1 points per game (and he is scoring more than 21 points per game against conference competition. Allman earned Big West Player of the Week honors on both Jan. 8 and Jan. 29. The junior is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, the second-best mark in the conference. He is second on the team in assists at 2.3 per game and is first on the team in steals with 30 in total (1.2 per contest). Allman has scored at lead 20 points on 12 occasions this season, including in six of the last seven outings. He has reached the 30-point mark four times. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native has reached double-figures in 22 of 25 games during the 2017-18 campaign. Fellow junior Khalil Ahmad, who earned Big West Player of the Week honors on Dec. 11 and Feb. 12, is second on the squad and sixth in the Big West in scoring at 15.9 points per game. Ahmad leads Cal State Fullerton in three-pointers made with has made the most three-point field goals on the squad at 48 (34.3 percent). The guard has drained at least four three-pointers in eight games this season. Ahmad is shooting 82.8 percent from the free-throw line. Earlier this month, he became the 24th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for a career.
The Long Beach State 49ers are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last six overall
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against teams with winning records
- 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games against teams with home winning percentages over .600
The Cal State Fullerton Titans are:
- 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games
- 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games against teams with winning records
- 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games against teams with road winning percentages under .400
For Cal State Fullerton, Allman and Ahmad are at least getting some support from sophomore forward Jackson Rowe. He is third in the conference in field-goal percentage at 58.4 percent and he is also averaging in double-figures at 11.9 per game. He leads the team and is sixth in the conference in rebounding at 7.0 per contest. Over the last five games, Rowe is averaging 9.8 boards. Long Beach State is 1-5 ATS in its last six overall, 1-5 ATS in its last six against the Big West Conference, 2-8 ATS in its last 10 against winning opponents, and 2-6 ATS in its last eight on the road against opponents with winning percentages over .600. The Titans are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 at home, 13-5 ATS in their last 18 against winning opponents, 7-2 ATS in their last nine at home against opponents with road winning percentages under .400, and 4-1 ATS in their last five at home against the 49ers. Don’t be surprised if those trends continue.