Long Beach State 49ers vs. UC Riverside Highlanders - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Riverside Highlanders (14-15) at Long Beach State 49ers (15-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm (The Walter Pyramid)
The Line: Long Beach State 49ers -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Long Beach State 49ers play host to the UC Riverside Highlanders in Big West action.
The UC Riverside Highlanders were on a four game slide going nowhere and shocked the Big West with a 77-71 upset of Hawaii on the road as a 14.5 point underdog on Thursday. The Highlanders connected at almost 44% with eleven more free throws to outdistance the 38% shooting Warriors who mustered 15 more looks at the basket but were done in by a 7-27 performance from beyond the arc. Jaylen Bland gave UCR 20 points on 5-15 with five long balls with Secean Johnson adding 19 points and ten rebounds on 3-10. DJ Sylvester followed with 18 points on 5-6 from the floor while Gentrey Thomas chipped in with nine points and five yanks.
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The Long Beach State 49ers currently are 3rd in the Big West and control their own fate with three games remaining. The 49ers were red hot with six straight victories before taking one on the chin in a 90-67 defeat at UC Irvine on Wednesday night. The Anteaters turned up the heat with a 48-31 second half to turn a close game in to a rout. The 49ers offense never got their feet under them at just 32% while UCI couldn’t miss with a hefty 64% from the floor for 17 more field goals. Justin Bibbins paced the LSBU attack with 26 points and five yanks on 4-11 with a 3-7 effort on threes with Travis Hammonds tossing in 18 points on 6-14. The 49ers needed more scoring but needed their defense to step up the most.
The under is 14-3 in Long Beach State last 17 Saturday games and is 39-14 in their last 53 home games while the over is 17-8 in their last 25 overall. I think there might be some injuries here so check before betting either side…