UC Riverside Highlanders (9-20) at Long Beach State 49ers (14-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:30 pm (The Walter Pyramid)
The Line: Long Beach State 49ers -7.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The UC Riverside Highlanders will travel to Walter Pyramid to take on the Long Beach State 49ers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The UC Riverside Highlanders improved to 9-20 (4-11 Big West) on the season after defeating the Cal Poly Mustangs, 72-63, this past Thursday. UC Riverside Highlanders got to an early lead against the Mustangs and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 60-48 lead with 3:03 left in regulation. UC Riverside held Cal Poly to 36.8% shooting from the field and 28.1% (9-32) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Highlanders was Dikymbe Martin who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, UC Riverside is averaging 65.5 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Highlanders are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Riverside has been led by Dikymbe Martin (13.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Chance Murray (12.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg), Alex Larsson (9.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg), and DJ Sylvester (7.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, UC Riverside is allowing their opponents to average 69.5 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Highlanders have a rebound margin of -3.3 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Long Beach State 49ers snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 14-17 (8-7 Big West) on the season after defeating the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 70-69, this past Thursday. Long Beach State led by a 40-32 margin at halftime and although they allowed UC Santa Barbara to fight to take a late lead, the 49ers were able to pull off the victory after Deishuan Booker made the game-winning layup as time expired. Long Beach State shot 55.6% from the field and outrebounded UC Santa Barbara by a 34-29 margin in the win. Leading the way for the 49ers was Deishuan Booker who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 75.3 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The 49ers are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Long Beach State has been led by Gave Levin (18.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Bryan Alberts (11.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apg), Deishuan Booker (10.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.4 spg), and Temidayo Yussuf (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, Long Beach State is allowing their opponents to average 79.1 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The 49ers have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
The Highlanders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games following three or more consecutive road games however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
UC Riverside has won 3 of their last 5 games and although they’ve struggled on the offensive end this season as they rank just 329th in scoring offense, the Highlanders have been solid defensively as they come into this matchup ranked 103rd in scoring defense and 37th in defensive FG%. Long Beach State has lost 5 of their last 7 games and has really struggled defensively this season as the 49ers rank just 320th in scoring defense and 302nd in defensive FG%. Long Beach State won by a 75-68 margin on the road in their first matchup this season, however, between the fact that UC Riverside has been outstanding defensively over their last 5 games, giving up an average of just 65.6 ppg, and that they have been great ATS on the road as of late, I’m taking UC Riverside and the points in this one.