UC Davis Aggies vs. Hawaii Warriors Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/23/14
Hawaii Warriors (12-5) at UC Davis Aggies (6-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm (UC Davis Pavilion)
The Line: UC Davis Aggies +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: UC Davis hosts Hawaii Thursday with both sides looking to string together wins and climb out of the bottom of the Big West standings.
The Breakdown: The Warriors are 1-2 in conference and dismantled UC Riverside 100-69 in their last outing behind 27 points and 11 rebounds from senior F Christian Standhardinger. Hawaii shot 49.3 percent from the field and hit 7 of 20 from distance, while holding the Highlanders to 39.2 percent from the floor and 3 of 17 from outside the arc. The Warriors also dominated the boards 42-28 and forced 18 turnovers. Senior G Brandon Spearman scored 18 points to go along with 7 rebounds and sophomore F Isaac Fotu added 16 points and 6 boards. Through 17 games, Hawaii ranks 22nd nationally with 81.8 ppg on 48 percent shooting and Standhardinger leads the team with 18.2 ppg, followed by junior G Garrett Nevels at 14.0 ppg.
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UC Davis, meanwhile, is tied for last place in the Big West with a 1-3 conference record. The Aggies topped Cal State Fullerton 69-61 Saturday behind solid defense that kept the Titans to 37 percent from the field and just 3 of 21 from distance. UC Davis shot 23 of 48 from the floor and 7 of 19 from three-point range and forced 17 turnovers. Junior G Corey Hawkins had a game-high 22 points and 5 rebounds, while senior G Ryan Sypkens added 15 points and 3 blocks. On the season, the Aggies are averaging 72.4 ppg on 44 percent shooting and Hawkins leads the team with 18.0 ppg, followed by senior F Josh Ritchart at 17.3 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -8 for Hawaii. As far as common opponents; UC Davis lost to UC Riverside by 12 and Hawaii decimated them by 31. Both lost to Cal State Northridge; the Aggies by 12 and the Warriors by 1. Look for Hawaii to cover.
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