CS Northridge Matadors vs. UC Riverside Highlanders Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/30/14
UC Riverside Highlanders (7-13) at CS Northridge Matadors (10-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm (The Matadome)
The Line: CS Northridge Matadors -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: CS Northridge looks to snap a four-game skid when they welcome UC Riverside to the Matadome Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Matadors are tied for seventh place in the Big West at a record of 2-4, losing their fourth straight Saturday at Long Beach State 76-62. Northridge shot 40.3 percent from the field and connected on 3 of 15 from outside the arc to the 49ers 46.9 percent from the floor and 3 of 20 from distance. The Matadors were also outrebounded 39-37 and committed 15 turnovers. Junior F Stephan Hicks scored a team-high 17 points on 8 of 13 shooting to go along with 6 boards; junior F Stephen Maxwell had 14 points and 9 rebounds and sophomore G Landon Drew added 10 points and 3 assists. On the season, CS Northridge is averaging 73.6 ppg on 45.6 percent shooting. Maxwell leads the team with 17.1 ppg, followed by Hicks at 16.3 ppg.
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UC Riverside, meanwhile, sits in a tie with Northridge for seventh place at 2-4 and comes in off a 61-58 victory over Cal Poly Saturday. The Highlanders shot 42.5 percent from the field and connected on 5 of 11 from outside the arc, while holding the Mustangs to 38.6 percent from the floor and 3 of 17 from downtown. Riverside also edged Cal Poly on the boards 31-29 and hit 22 of 25 from the free throw line. Senior C Chris Patton scored a team-high 17 points to go along with 6 rebounds and sophomore G Steven Jones added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Through 20 games, the Highlanders are averaging 67.0 ppg on 42.7 percent shooting. Patton leads the team with 13.4 ppg, followed by sophomore F Taylor Johns at 12.4 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -8 for CS Northridge and that looks about right. Riverside seems to struggle to put up points, averaging over six points less per outing and shooting at a lower clip as well. Look for the Matadors to end their skid with the cover.