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UC Riverside vs. Northern Colorado - 12/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Colorado Bears (1-5) at UC Riverside Highlanders (4-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Student Center)

The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Colorado Bears and UC Riverside Highlanders square off Thursday night at the SRC Arena.

The Northern Colorado Bears look for their first road victory to snap a four-game losing streak. The Northern Colorado Bears are averaging 71.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting and allowing 93.6 points on 53.3 percent shooting. Anthony Johnson is averaging 17.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while Cameron Michael is averaging 16.8 points and two assists. Jordan Wilson is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Davis is dishing 2.5 assists. The Northern Colorado Bears are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. Northern Colorado has just 58 assists on 146 made field goals but does have five players averaging at least 8.2 points. The Northern Colorado Bears have lost 10 of their last 13 road games.

UC Riverside vs. Northern Colorado - 12/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC Riverside Highlanders look for a feel good victory after an OK 4-2 start to the year. The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 74 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Jaylen Bland is averaging 18 points and 2.7 assists while Secean Johnson is averaging 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds. Malik Thames is dishing 4.3 assists and Gentrey Thomas is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and 63.3 percent from the free throw line. UC Riverside is averaging more than 10 made threes per game and is finding ways to win without their leader in Taylor Johns who is suspended. The UC Riverside Highlanders have won 10 of their last 12 home games.

The Bears are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 road games and 13-36-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Highlanders are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. 

UC Riverside is deep offensively and very good at home. Meanwhile, Northern Colorado already has several blowout losses this season, hasn't had much success on the road overall and doesn't share the ball well. I look for the Highlanders to get a victory in blowout fashion.

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UC Riverside Highlanders -15.5

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