NCAA Basketball Long Beach State vs. Michigan Free Picks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, November 21, 2013 1:11 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 1:11 PM GMT

The Long Beach State 49ers are taking one of the longest road trips in school history, as they take on the Michigan Wolverines in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Thursday. Who should we back for our free college basketball pick?

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this non-conference matchup at Coliseo Roberto Clemente, with the opening tipoff scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Losing streak

Long Beach State is mired in a three-game losing streak, which includes a 71-58 setback to the Kansas State Wildcats as 13-point road underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.

The 49ers have two players averaging in double figures, with Mike Caffey and Dan Jennings scoring 16.3 and 14.5 points per game respectively.

It’s important to point out that the program is 3-13-1 ATS in its last 17 non-conference affairs.

Disappointing result

Michigan suffered its first loss of the 2013-14 campaign, as it dropped a 77-70 decision to the Iowa State Cyclones as one-point road underdogs Sunday, while pushing up against the betting total of 147.

The Wolverines have use the same starting lineup in all three games to start the season, while they also welcomed back preseason All-American Mitch McGary to the floor, who has been dealing with lower back issues.

Tournament play

Under head coach Dan Monson, the 49ers have played in a trio of three-game tournaments—resulting in a 5-4 overall record.

Long Beach State is traveling a total of 7,156 miles on this trip that started with its stop at Kansas State, as it looks to snap a six-game losing streak against Top 25 opponents.

Beyond the arc

College basketball handicappers will find that the Wolverines hold a definitive advantage in long-range shooting over the 49ers, as they’ve hit 37.3 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.

Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas set a Michigan freshman record with 80 three-point field goal makes during the 2012-13 campaign.  He has knocked down 52.6 percent of his shots from that particular area in the early going this year.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wolverines for their college basketball picks, as they’ve gone 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a SU loss.

College Basketball Pick:  Michigan Wolverines -15

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