San Jose State vs Radford Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 20 CBI Tournament Game (Spartans Dominate Paint)

San Jose State vs. Radford prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022-23 College Basketball Invitational game.
San Jose State vs. Radford prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022-23 College Basketball Invitational game. / AP Photo/Ronda Churchill

Monday, March 20's 2022-23 CBI Tournament schedule includes a quarterfinal matchup between the San Jose State Spartans and Radford Highlanders at 4:30 p.m. ET.

San Jose State vs Radford Game Info

  • 2022-23 College Basketball Invitational Game
  • San Jose State (21-13) vs. Radford (20-14)
  • Date: Monday, March 20, 2023
  • Time: 4:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Ocean Center -- Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Coverage: FloSports

San Jose State didn't sweat much in the first round, breezing past Southern Indiana with a 77-52 blowout victory. Winning wasn't as easy for Radford, though. The Highlanders needed overtime to pick up a 72-70 win against Tarleton, helped by DaQuan Smith's team-high 20 points in 41 minutes of action.

Can San Jose State notch another decisive victory? Or does Radford have what it takes to move on in the tournament?

San Jose State vs Radford Odds & Spread

San Jose State enters this contest as a clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 4:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 125.5 points with the UNDER being favored at -114 odds.

San Jose State vs Radford Betting Trends

  • San Jose State is 1-5 straight up in its last six games on a Monday.
  • Radford is 5-15 straight up in its last 20 games as the underdog.
  • San Jose State is 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games.
  • Radford is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games.
  • The total has hit the UNDER in four of San Jose State's last five games.
  • The total has hit the OVER in each of Radford's last five games played in March.

San Jose State vs Radford Prediction & Pick

With both offenses ranking outside of the top 200, I see this game coming down to which side has the better defense. Both Radford and SJSU own top-65 scoring defenses, however, it's the Spartans who only surrender a 42.3% field-goal percentage (No. 77), whereas opponents shoot 46.2% from the floor (No. 299) against the Highlanders.

I also expect SJSU to dominate the paint. Radford only averages 32.6 rebounds (T-No. 275), which has dropped to 28.7 RPG over the last three games. Meanwhile, the Spartans collect 37.1 RPG (T-No. 45) and are coming off a 50-rebound performance against Southern Indiana.

Considering how Radford also only has a 30.0% winning percentage as the underdog this season, I just don't see an upset happening. San Jose State is the better team and will grind out the win tonight.

Final Score Prediction: San Jose State: 73 | Radford: 68

San Jose State vs Radford Best Bet

Although San Jose State isn't the most offensively gifted team, it should still score a decent amount of points this afternoon. The Spartans have scored 77-plus points in two of their last three games and now face the Highlanders, who've allowed at least 70 in back-to-back contents.

Radford also struggles to close out opposing possessions, tallying just 21.3 defensive rebounds per contest (No. 300). On the other hand, SJSU is averaging the 30th-most offensive boards (12.0) in the nation over its last three contests.

In other words, I don't see San Jose State having any issues surpassing its projected total of 65.5 points.

Bet: San Jose State — Over 65.5 Points (-118)

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