Check out our free Utah Tech vs California Baptist 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.

Utah Tech vs California Baptist Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Trailblazers vs Lancers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Utah Tech Trailblazers at California Baptist Lancers
  • Where: Riverside at CBU Events Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Utah Tech +5.5, DXST +193 | CABAP -241 O/U 135.5

Trailblazers Preview:

Through 15 games, the Utah Tech Trailblazers have an overall record of 9-6. So far, the Trailblazers have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 2-6. For the season, Utah Tech has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 2-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Trailblazers being +5.5 point underdogs.

Utah Tech’s leading scorer this season is Cameron Gooden who is averaging 15.57 points per contest. So far, Gooden has accounted for 18.86% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.93 rebounds per game and 3.86 assists. Isaiah Pope is the second leading scorer for the Trailblazers, averaging 12.47 points per game. Between him and Pope, they are accounting for 35.0% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Utah Tech this season, as they are currently ranked 163rd in college basketball at 72.5 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 Trailblazers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.4%, placing them 391st in the NCAA.

Lancers Preview:

California Baptist heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-7. Currently, the Lancers have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. The Lancers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, California Baptist has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4.

California Baptist’s leading scorer this season is Taran Armstrong who is averaging 10.8 points per contest. So far, Armstrong has accounted for 16.04% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.0 rebounds per game and 4.67 assists. Joe Quintana is the second leading scorer for the Lancers, averaging 10.29 points per game. Between him and Quintana, they are accounting for 30.3% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for California Baptist this season, as they are currently ranked 196th in college basketball at 71.0 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 Lancers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.2%, placing them 312nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: California Baptist Lancers -5.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the California Baptist Lancers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5.5 point betting favorites. Although California Baptist as a team is just 247th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Trailblazers’ defense. At -5.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Lancers to come out on top and cover.

 


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