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UC Riverside vs California-San Diego Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds
Highlanders vs Tritons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UC Riverside Highlanders at California-San Diego Tritons
- Where: San Diego at LionTree Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds: UC Riverside -3.5, UCRVS -170 | UCSD +139 O/U 130.0
UC Riverside heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-6. On the road, the Highlanders will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 5-4. This season, UC Riverside has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2. For today’s contest, UC Riverside has a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.
UC Riverside’s leading scorer this season is Zyon Pullin, who is averaging 19.57 points per contest. So far, Pullin has accounted for 23.68% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.5 rebounds per game and 4.07 assists. Flynn Cameron is the second leading scorer for the Highlanders, averaging 10.62 points per game. Between him and Cameron, they are accounting for 38.4% 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.
California-San Diego heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-9. Currently, the Tritons have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 3-4. So far, the Tritons have been the underdog 13 times, going 4-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.
California-San Diego will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Bryce Pope who is averaging 19.0 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 game plan is the play of Roddie Anderson III who has hit 34.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.0 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: UC Riverside Highlanders -3.5
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 -3.5 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 Tritons’ defense. In addition, the Highlanders have made bettors money who have taken them to cover on the road, as they are 5-4-1 (last 10). At -3.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Highlanders to come out on top and cover.
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