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San Diego State vs. UC Riverside - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside Highlanders (6-4) at San Diego State Aztecs (8-3)

College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl)

The Line: San Diego State Aztecs -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports

The UC Riverside Highlanders and San Diego State Aztecs play Monday night at the Viejas Arena.

The UC Riverside Highlanders have won four of their last five games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, UC Riverside is averaging 67.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 68 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Taylor Johns is averaging 16.5 points and 8.8 rebounds while Jaylen Bland is averaging 14.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. Nick Gruninger is dishing out 3.2 assists and Steven Thornton is shooting 41.4 percent from the field. The UC Riverside Highlanders aren’t a deep team at all but is shooting a solid 72.8 percent from the free throw line and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, UC Riverside is forcing 13.6 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to shoot 41.2 percent from deep. Two of the Highlanders four losses have been decided by four or less points.

San Diego State vs. UC Riverside - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego State Aztecs have split their last six games and hope to get back on track here. On the season, SDSU is averaging 63 points on 40.4 percent shooting and is allowing 56.6 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Winston Shepard is averaging 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds while Dwayne Polee II is averaging 9.2 points on 31.6 percent shooting. J.J. O'Brien is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Aqeel Quinn is shooting 36.8 percent from the field. The San Diego State Aztecs once again have a Top 25 defense that’s forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 30.3 percent shooting from deep. However, San Diego State has just one double-digit scorer and is shooting 63.1 percent from the line and 27.4 percent from beyond the arc.

The Highlanders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Aztecs are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

The only decent team UC Riverside played this season was Utah, and they got crushed. Considering SDSU is one of the toughest places to play, I'm taking the Aztecs and the chalk.

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San Diego State Aztecs -17

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