UC Riverside vs. Long Beach State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Long Beach State 49ers (8-11) at UC Riverside Highlanders (5-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Student Recreation Center)
The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders -1.5 -- Over/Under: 150.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some Big West conference action on tap Saturday night, as the Long Beach State 49ers take on the UC-Riverside Highlanders in a college basketball matchup.
The Long Beach State 49ers will look to keep the ball rolling after winning 3 of their last 4 games, including an 80-70 triumph over CSU-Northridge last time out. Game Levin led the team with 29 points on 10 of 15 shooting with a 9 for 10 mark from the foul line and a team-high 9 rebounds. Deishuan Booker came 2nd with 19 points, 4 assists and a pair of steals, while Temidayo Yussuf added 15 points with 8 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists in the winning effort. Levin leads the team by averaging 16.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while Booker is the team’s leading assist man with 5.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Long Beach State is scoring 75.1 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the 3-point line and 73% from the foul line this season.
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The UC-Riverside Highlanders will still be looking for their first conference win of the year after falling to 0-3 in conference with a 75-65 loss to UC-Davis last time out, pushing their losing skid to 5 games. Dikymbe Martin led the team with 19 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 3 triples, while Alex Larsson added 14 points and 6 rebounds as the lone pair of Highlanders to finish in double figures scoring in the losing effort. Chance Murray added team-highs of 7 rebounds and a pair of steals, while DJ Sylester chipped in 9 points with a team-high 5 assists in the loss. Martin leads the team with an average of 13.2 points per game, while Murray leads the team in assists with 3.5 helpers per game and Larsson is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UC-Riverside is scoring 67 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field, 30.4% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line this season.
Long Beach State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with home record while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games following a win. UC-Riverside is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 conference matchups while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Long Beach State is 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams at UC-Riverside and 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
All of the head-to-head trends point to UC-Riverside getting a cover in this one, but the problem is that the Highlanders just haven’t looked good since starting Big West play. Long Beach State has the edge offensively, and I think that’s enough to carry them to a win and cover here.