Hawaii vs. UC Riverside - 2/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Riverside Highlanders (13-15) at Hawaii Warriors (22-3)
College Basketball: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 12:00 am (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Hawaii Warriors -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: OC Sports
The UC Riverside Highlanders and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors meet Thursday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The UC Riverside Highlanders need a win in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 68.3 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Jaylen Bland is averaging 16.3 points and 1.9 assists while Taylor Johns is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Secean Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Thames is dishing three assists. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Highlanders are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The UC Riverside Highlanders have won five of their last eight road games.
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The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors look to build on their solid six-game winning streak. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are averaging 77.7 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Stefan Jankovic is averaging 16 points and 6.5 rebounds while Aaron Valdes is averaging 14.3 points and 2.2 assists. Roderick Bobbitt is dishing 5.5 assists and Michael Thomas is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rainbow Warriors are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors have won 20 of their last 24 home games.
The Highlanders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Warriors are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Highlanders are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Hawaii and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
Hawaii may be one of the underatted teams in the country, as the Warriors have been extremely consistent and absolutely beat teams up at home, which is why they've covered 18 of their last 26 games. The struggling Highlanders won't have much an answer for a team that has NCAA Tournament on its mind.