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Hawaii vs UC Riverside Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Rainbow Warriors vs Highlanders Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at UC Riverside Highlanders
  • Where: Riverside at SRC Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Hawaii +2, HAWAII +115 | UCRVS -141 O/U 131.0

Rainbow Warriors Preview:

Through 19 games, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors have an overall record of 14-5. So far, the Rainbow Warriors have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 1-3. For the season, Hawaii has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 1-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Rainbow Warriors being +2 point underdogs.

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Hawaii’s leading scorer this season is Noel Coleman, who is averaging 14.42 points per contest. So far, Coleman has accounted for 20.82% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.63 rebounds per game and 2.21 assists. Kamaka Hepa is the second leading scorer for the Rainbow Warriors, averaging 11.11 points per game. Between him and Hepa, they are accounting for 36.8% 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%.

Highlanders Preview:

The UC Riverside will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 5 game win streak and have an overall record of 14-6. Currently, the Highlanders have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. The Highlanders’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, UC Riverside has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 7-2.

UC Riverside’s leading scorer this season is Zyon Pullin, who is averaging 18.8 points per contest. So far, Pullin has accounted for 19.41% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.27 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Flynn Cameron is the second leading scorer for the Highlanders, averaging 11.45 points per game. Between him and Cameron, they are accounting for 35.2% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for UC Riverside this season, as they are currently ranked 344th in college basketball at 66.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Highlanders’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.0%, placing them 368th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors +2

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the UC Riverside Highlanders are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -2. However, we anticipate Hawaii putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Highlanders as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Rainbow Warriors to cover.

 


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