NCAA Basketball Picks: Side With Hawaii -10 at Home vs. Cal Poly

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 8:29 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 8:29 PM UTC

Tonight is the Big West opener for the Cal Poly Mustangs (6-7) and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (11-2). Hawaii is a 10-point favorite on the NCAA Basketball odds board.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Hawaii -10

Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Cal Poly vs. Hawaii (-10)
The Cal Poly Mustangs travel to Hawaii to face the Rainbow Warriors in the Big West opener for each team.  Last year when these teams met, they split a pair of narrow 3 and 4 point decisions.  


Hawaii Warriors
While you were sleeping (Hawaii has played 12 of their first 13 games at home) and maybe while you are sleeping again tonight, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at 11-2 SU have quietly emerged as one of the under the radar teams in college hoops.  Their only defeats have come in their lone mainland trip to Texas Tech (by 8) and against No. 2 Oklahoma BY ONLY 3 POINTS!  That came in their 3-game holiday tournament, when they also defeated highly respected N. Iowa (68-52) and SEC member, Auburn (79-67).  The architect of the turnaround is 1st year HC Ganot, a former St. Mary’s Asst. (but that St. Mary’s story we will save for another day).  One look at their statistics confirms the excellence.  The Rainbow Warriors average 81 PPG on 49% shooting, while knocking down an average of 7 triples.  With a +7.3 rebound margin, an offense that dishes out nearly 18 assists per game, and a defense that forces 16 TOs, they are the real deal.  

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Cal Poly Mustangs
That will prove to be death for Cal Poly Slo, who under 7th year HC Callero have changed their M.O.  In former years, the Mustangs were a tempo conscious, grab and hold defense that looked to slow down games and pull out victories in the closing minutes.  But that had resulted in an average of only 16 wins per year the previous 5 seasons.  With the change of rules, Callero decided to go more up-tempo.  That was evident out of the gate when his Mustangs hung tough in their first 2 road games with covers at rebuilding UNLV and UCLA.  Since that time, however, they have played 3 quality teams on the road or neutral venues, losing by 30 at St. Mary’s, 19 to USC and 19 at Texas A&M.  Today marks their 6th consecutive game away from Mott Gym, where they have not suited up since their December 5th victory against Fresno.  Now, Hawaii may not be of the same ilk of those aforementioned, up-tempo powers, who wiped out the Mustangs.  Or are they?  Just ask Oklahoma!

I invite you to put the NCAA Basketball odds in your favor and stay up late and watch the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors romp to a double digit victory with my NCAA Basketball pick on Hawaii.

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