Check out our free Long Beach State vs UC Riverside pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Riverside. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Long Beach State vs UC Riverside Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 15th Betting Odds
Beach vs Highlanders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Long Beach State Beach at UC Riverside Highlanders
- Where: Riverside at SRC Arena
- Date: Wednesday, February 15th
- Betting Odds: Long Beach State +1.5, LBST +103 | UCRVS -125 O/U 150.5
Through 26 games, the Long Beach State Beach have an overall record of 15-11. So far, the Beach have played 12 games on the road, with a record of 6-6. For the season, Long Beach State has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 2-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Beach being +1.5 point underdogs.
Long Beach State’s leading scorer this season is Marcus Tsohonis, who is averaging 14.86 points per contest. So far, Tsohonis has accounted for 15.6% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.43 rebounds per game and 2.05 assists. Lassina Traore is the second leading scorer for the Beach, averaging 11.85 points per game. Between him and Traore, they are accounting for 31.0% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Long Beach State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 26 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 31.73% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
The UC Riverside Highlanders head into today’s game in what will be their 27th game of the season, posting a record of 16-10. Currently, the Highlanders have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 8-3. The Highlanders’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, UC Riverside has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 9-4.
UC Riverside’s leading scorer this season is Zyon Pullin, who is averaging 18.14 points per contest. So far, Pullin has accounted for 20.51% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.29 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Flynn Cameron is the second leading scorer for the Highlanders, averaging 11.69 points per game. Between him and Cameron, they are accounting for 36.9% 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: UC Riverside Highlanders -1.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the UC Riverside Highlanders to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although UC Riverside as a team is just 208th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Beach’s defense. In addition, the Highlanders have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 5-4-1 (last 10). At -1.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Highlanders to come out on top and cover.