Long Beach State vs. UC Riverside - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Riverside Highlanders (14-18) at Long Beach State 49ers (18-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 11:30 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Long Beach State 49ers -8 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds
The Long Beach State 49ers and the UC Riverside Highlanders face off on Thursday in Big West college basketball tournament action.
The Long Beach State 49ers are 18-13 this season and they finished the season winning nine fo their last 10 games. LBSU is averaging 72.9 points per game and they are shooting 42.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.6 points and their opponents are shooting 45 percent. Nick Faust leads the 49ers averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Justin Bibbins is averaging 11.5 points, Gabe Levin is averaging 9.9 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Travis Hammonds is averaging 9.8 points. Long Beach State is 12-4 in the Big West and 1-2 in neutral site games.
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The UC Riverside Highlanders are 14-18 this season and they have lost seven of their last eight games. UC Riverside is averaging 67.7 points per game and they are shooting 42.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.1 points and their opponents are shooting 43.5 percent. Jaylen Bond leads the Highlanders averaging 15.9 points per game. Taylor Johns is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, Secean Johnson is averaging 12 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Malik Thames is averaging 6.9 points. UC Riverside is 5-11 in the Big West and this is their first neutral site game this season.
Long Beach State is 2-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against UC Riverside.. UC Riverside is 1-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games, and 1-5 against the spread following a loss. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two teams.
The total is set at 140 but I don’t see that happening here so my free pick is the under. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as at SportsChatExperts.com.