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UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Long Beach State 49ers - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Long Beach State 49ers (9-11) at UC Riverside Highlanders (10-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Student Center)

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The Long Beach State 49ers will travel to play the UC Riverside Highlanders in a Big West game on Saturday.

The UC Riverside Highlanders are 10-11 (1-4) and are coming off of a loss to UC Davis by a score of 58-55. UC Riverside has lost 6 of their last 7 games, with their only conference win coming against CS Northridge. UC Riverside is averaging 71 points per game while giving up 68.5 points per game. UC Riverside is also averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game. Jaylen Bland is averaging 16.9 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game for UC Riverside. Taylor Johns is averaging 13.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Highlanders. UC Riverside is shooting 67% on free throws, 36.5% on three-pointers, and 43.1% on all field goal attempts.

UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Long Beach State 49ers - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Long Beach State 49ers are 9-11 (3-2) and are coming off of a win against UC Santa Barbara by a score of 77-67. Long Beach State has lost 2 of their last 3 games and is in 3rd place of the Big West standings. Long Beach State is averaging 74.9 points per game while giving up 75.1 points per game. Long Beach State is also averaging 35.8 rebounds per game and 16.3 assists per game. Nick Faust is averaging 16 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game for Long Beach State. Justin Bibbins is averaging 11.3 points per game and 5.4 assists per game for the 49ers. Long Beach State is shooting 65.5% on free throws, 38.6% on three-pointers, and 43.7% on all field goal attempts.

Long Beach State is 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. Long Beach State is 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 games. The over is 13-4 in Long Beach State’s last 17 games. UC Riverside is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. UC Riverside is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The over is 4-1 in UC Riverside’s last 5 games.

UC Riverside has played very poorly in their last few games, but is at home in this matchup. Long Beach State has also slipped up lately, and is allowing over 75 points per game. UC Riverside has the rebounding advantage and plays better defense than Long Beach State. This should be a close game, so I am taking the home team and the points.

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UC Riverside Highlanders +5.5

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