Pepperdine vs. UC Riverside - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Riverside Highlanders (2-5) at Pepperdine Waves (2-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Line: Pepperdine Waves -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have a non-conference matchup on the hardwood as the UC-Riverside Highlanders face off against the Pepperdine Waves in a college basketball matchup on Tuesday night.
The UC-Riverside Highlanders will try to snap out of a funk that’s seen the team drop 3 straight and 5 of their last 6 games following a 68-56 loss to Grand Canyon last time out. Alex Larsson was the lone Highlander to finish in double figures scoring with 12 points and 15 rebounds for the double-double. Brandon Rosser, Menno Dijkstra and Chance Murray each had 8 points, with Dijkstra and Murray added a team-high 3 assists each, while Murray chipped in 8 rebounds. James Jackson also added 8 rebounds in addition to his 6 points. Larsson leads Riverside with an average of 12 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while Dikymbe Martin leads the team in assists with 3.4 per game this season. As a team, UC-Riverside is scoring 64 points per game on 39.5% shooting from the field, 24.8% from the 3-point line and 67.6% from the foul line this season.
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The Pepperdine Waves will also be looking to rebound after losing 3 straight and 5 of 6 following a 91-81 loss to Cal Poly last time out. Kameron Edwards and Colbey Ross tied for the team-high with 21 points apiece, with Edwards going 7 of 10 from the floor with a pair of steals, while Ross went 6 of 12 with a 9 for 9 mark from the foul line in addition to his team-high 5 assists. Nolan Taylor added 14 points as the last Wave to score in double figures for Pepperdine in the loss. Trae Berhow added 8 points to match his team-high 8 rebounds in the losing effort for Pepperdine. Edwards leads the team in scoring with 17.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while Ross is the team’s leading assist man, dishing out 5.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Pepperdine is scoring 78.5 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field, 32% from behind the arc and 67.5% from the foul line this season.
UC-Riverside is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the WCC. Pepperdine is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 non-conference games.
All in all, I don’t think that there’s a whole lot to separate either team, but we are getting a low line with Pepperdine at home and they have the better offense as far as I’m concerned, so that’s where I’m going with this one.