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College basketball point spread favors Vikings in battle with Grizzlies

Cleveland State VikingsOakland Grizzlies
15-9February 06, 2014, 07:00 | Athletics Center9-15

Athletics Center will host Oakland Grizzlies vs. Cleveland State Vikings action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Grizzlies currently sports a 9-15 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-14 ATS. The Vikings are 15-9 and 16-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Grizzlies produce a 10-11 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Vikings have gone 8-12 against the number.

View Cleveland State Vikings vs Oakland Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

Oakland opened as 1.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 177 (Grizzlies) and the No. 37 (Vikings) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

In their last action, Cleveland State was an 86-78 winner on the road against Detroit. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Bryn Forbes scored 27 points for Cleveland State on Friday, leading the Vikings to an 86-78 win over Detroit at Calihan Hall.

Oakland was an 86-64 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wisc-Milwaukee. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs. Oakland was crushed on Sunday, getting blown out by Wisc-Milwaukee and falling by an 86-64 score at U.S. Cellular Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's No. 103-ranked scoring average of 73.62 PPG, against a Vikings defense rated No. 68 and allowing 67.04 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 42.56% to date this season, less than the Vikings shooters have managed so far (47.8% per game).

Next up:
Cleveland State at Wright State, Saturday, February 8th
Oakland at Valparaiso, Sunday, February 9th