Check out our free UC Riverside vs Long Beach State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Long Beach. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

UC Riverside vs Long Beach State Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Highlanders vs Beach Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UC Riverside Highlanders at Long Beach State Beach
  • Where: Long Beach at Walter Pyramid
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: UC Riverside +2, UCRVS +111 | LBST -136 O/U 148.0

Highlanders Preview:

UC Riverside will take their 2 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 8-5. On the road, the Highlanders will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 4-4. So far, the Highlanders have been the underdog 7 times, going 3-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.

UC Riverside’s leading scorer this season is Zyon Pullin who is averaging 19.38 points per contest. So far, Pullin has accounted for 26.42% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.54 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Lachlan Olbrich is the second leading scorer for the Highlanders, averaging 10.08 points per game. Between him and Olbrich, they are accounting for 40.2% of the team’s scoring.

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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 that 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.

Beach Preview:

Long Beach State heads into this matchup having played 13 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-7. Currently, the Beach have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 5-3. The Beach’s are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, Long Beach State has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 3-3.

Long Beach State’s leading scorer this season is Joel Murray who is averaging 15.69 points per contest. So far, Murray has accounted for 20.73% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.77 rebounds per game and 3.77 assists. Marcus Tsohonis is the second leading scorer for the Beach, averaging 13.08 points per game. Between him and Tsohonis, they are accounting for 36.7% 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 13 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.

Free Spread Prediction: Long Beach State Beach -2

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Long Beach State Beach to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2 point betting favorites. Although Long Beach State as a team is just 223rd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Highlanders’ defense. At -2 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Beach to come out on top and cover.

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