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Hawaii vs California-San Diego Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Rainbow Warriors vs Tritons Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at California-San Diego Tritons
  • Where: San Diego at LionTree Arena
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Hawaii -5.5, HAWAII -249 | UCSD +199 O/U 126.5

Rainbow Warriors Preview:

Hawaii heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-3. On the road, the Rainbow Warriors will be playing their 1st game of the season, having gone 0-1. So far, the Rainbow Warriors have been favored 11 times, going 9-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Hawaii as -5.5 point favorites.

Hawaii’s leading scorer this season is Noel Coleman who is averaging 13.55 points per contest. So far, Coleman has accounted for 19.1% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.27 rebounds per game and 2.73 assists. Kamaka Hepa is the second leading scorer for the Rainbow Warriors, averaging 12.27 points per game. Between him and Hepa, they are accounting for 36.4% of the team’s scoring.

Coming into today’s game, Hawaii will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Rainbow Warriors are ranked 273rd at 68.9 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 627th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Hawaii is close to the NCAA average at 35.8%.

Tritons Preview:

Through 14 games, the California-San Diego Tritons have an overall record of 6-8. So far this season, California-San Diego has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-3. For the season, California-San Diego has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 4-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Tritons being +5.5 point underdogs.

California-San Diego will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Bryce Pope who is averaging 19.23 points per game for the Tritons. Pope is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tritons’ offensive gameplan is the play of Roddie Anderson III who has hit 35.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.64 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, California-San Diego will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Tritons are ranked 233rd at 70.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 460th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, California-San Diego is close to the NCAA average at 37.0%.

Free Spread Prediction: California-San Diego Tritons +5.5

A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Hawaii and California-San Diego are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaging 8.14 and 9.14 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the California-San Diego Tritons to cover as +5.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Rainbow Warriors’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Hawaii. At +5.5 we like the chances of California-San Diego covering the spread as underdogs.

 


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