NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Vikings underdogs vs Bonnies at St. Bonaventure
Cleveland State Vikings vs St. Bonaventure Bonnies Odds
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies will hit the floor running against the visiting Cleveland State Vikings Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.
The Bonnies currently sports a 5-3 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-3-1 ATS. The Vikings are 6-3 and 4-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bonnies produce a 3-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Vikings have gone 2-1-1 against the number.
The visitors opened as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 228-ranked Bonnies and the No. 247-rated Vikings in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 72-71 win for the Bonnies on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Bonaventure's No. 137 nationally ranked offense (70 points per game) against a Vikings defense that sits as the No. 212 at 67.8 PPG. The Bonnies have been averaging 43.3% from the field, less than the Vikings have managed so far this season (44.3% on average).
Defensively, Cleveland State features the nation's No. 222-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.8 points per game. St. Bonaventure, meanwhile, comes in at No. 200 nationally in scoring at home.
Cleveland State was an 80-63 loser in their most recent outing on the road against North Carolina State. They failed to cover the 15.5-point spread as underdogs. The Vikings endured an 80-63 loss at the hands of the Wolfpack on Saturday, despite a 15-point effort from Charlie Lee at PNC Arena.
In their last action, St. Bonaventure was a 73-70 loser on the road against Arkansas State. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Bonnies got 19 points from Chris Johnson, but it was Arkansas State that prevailed in a 73-70 final on Saturday at ASU Convocation Center.
Cleveland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Notre Dame (OH) are 1-1
After a loss are 5-5
St. Bonaventure Bonnies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-5
After playing Arkansas State are 1-0
After a loss are 9-1
A few Vikings at Bonnies trends to consider:
Cleveland State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Cleveland State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
St. Bonaventure is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
St. Bonaventure is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland State
St. Bonaventure is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
Cleveland State home to Notre Dame (OH), Wednesday, December 19
St. Bonaventure home to The Citadel, Wednesday, December 19