UC Riverside vs. Denver - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Pioneers (8-4) at UC Riverside Highlanders (7-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Student Center)
The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Denver Pioneers and UC Riverside Highlanders square off Tuesday night at the SRC Arena.
The Denver Pioneers look for a big road win after splitting their last six games. The Denver Pioneers are averaging 66.3 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 62.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Nate Engesser is averaging 14.4 points and 2.8 rebounds while Joe Rosga is averaging 11 points and 2.2 assists. Marcus Byrd is dishing 2.3 assists and Jake Pemberton is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Denver Pioneers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. Denver is allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.1 turnovers per game. The Denver Pioneers have won five of their last six road games.
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The UC Riverside Highlanders look for a nice victory after splitting their last 10 games. The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 70.4 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Taylor Johns is averaging 17.3 points and 10.3 rebounds while Jaylen Bland is averaging 17 points and 2.3 assists. Secean Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Thames is dishing 3.4 assists. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. UC Riverside is allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.1 turnovers per game. The UC Riverside Highlanders have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Pioneers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Highlanders are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
UC Riverside is a solid defensive team and doesn't lose much on its home court. While Denver is proven on the road, which includes a 3-0 record this season, the Highlanders have more scoring depth and have the advantage defensively. I'll eat the small chalk.