The CSUN Matadors (5-19, 2-8 BigWst), who are currently on a five-game skid, will try to get back in the win column when they visit Stan Sheriff Center to go head-to-head against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (13-9, 4-5 BigWst). Hawaii opened as an 11.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 130 points. Action begins at 12 a.m. ET on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
CSUN Matadors vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Betting Preview
In the Matadors last matchup, they lost big to the UC Irvine Anteaters, 77-56. With 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting, Tavrion Dawson led CSUN in scoring. UC Irvine had an offensive rebounding percentage of 46.9 (above their season average of 33.8). CSUN, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (13-17; 76.5 percent).
The Rainbow Warriors are trying to rebound after their 64-60 loss to the UC Riverside Highlanders in their last outing. Mike Thomas was the games leading scorer with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting. UC Riverside made 10 of their 25 three pointers (40.0 percent). Hawaii, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (19-22; 86.4 percent).
The aggressive Hawaii offense might be getting to the free throw line a lot in this battle. The Rainbow Warriors rank 57th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.280, while CSUN is among the NCAA’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 167th-ranked FTA rate of 0.228). Moreover, the Matadors, who rank 312th in offensive rebounding percentage (24.0 percent), might struggle to get put-back points against the Rainbow Warriors, who rank 24th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.2 percent).
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Games featuring CSUN have finished under 71.4 percent of the time, while 55.6 percent of Hawaii games have finished over. The Rainbow Warriors have the superior straight up (SU) record (13-9 vs. 5-19) and a narrow edge against the spread (ATS) (8-11 vs. 8-12-1).
Dawson has really been playing well over the last five games for CSUN, averaging 18.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to score 111 points in that game, which was well under the projected point total of 139. The Rainbow Warriors won 65-46, covering as 7.5-point favorites. Hawaii had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.519 vs. 0.304). CSUN, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of making free throws (15-21; 71.4 percent). Thomas put up a double-double in the victory with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
CSUN Matadors at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Hawaii, ATS Winner – CSUN, O/U – Under
- CSUN is 5-8-1 ATS on the road with 8 unders and 6 overs.
- At home, Hawaii is 6-8 ATS with 7 overs and 6 unders.
- Hawaii ranks 49th in rebounds allowed per game (32.1) while CSUN ranks 221st (36.7).
- The Rainbow Warriors rank 92nd in assists per game (14.8) while the Matadors rank 231st (11.8).
- Hawaii ranks 207th in three pointers attempted per game (20.4) while CSUN ranks 285th (16.5).
- Hawaii is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, CSUN is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
- The Rainbow Warriors have been outscored by an average of 3.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Hawaii has defeated opponents by an average of 1.6 points.
- During their last five games, the Matadors have scored an average of 57.0 points per game (7.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.6 points per game (1.4 below their season average).