Hawaii vs. UC Riverside - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UC Riverside Highlanders (15-15) at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (16-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 12:00 am (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors -6 -- Over/Under: 127
The UC Riverside Highlanders and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors meet in college basketball action from Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday.
UC Riverside enters this one at 15-15 on the year. UC Riverside recently broke a five-game losing streak with a win over Cal Poly, but they lost their last outing to UC Santa Barbara on Thursday.
In the loss to UCSB, UC Riverside’s leading scorer was Callum McRae with 18 points, six rebounds and two assists. The only other UC Riverside player in double-figures there was Arinze Chidden with 12 points, five rebounds and one assist.
Over on the Hawaii side, they’re 16-11 this year. In their last three games, Hawaii has gone 2-1, with a loss to Long Beach State sandwiched between wins over UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.
In the win over Cal State Fullerton, Hawaii’s Drew Buggs set the pace on 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. Eddie Stansberry added 15 points, four rebounds and one assist in that one, and Justin Webster posted 10 points, one rebound and one assist.
Hawaii is 0-4 ATS in their last four Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Hawaii is 2-7 ATS in their last nine overall and the under is 5-0 in their last five overall.
Meanwhile, UC Riverside is 6-2 ATS in their last eight Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up loss. The under is 23-9-1 in UC Riverside’s last 33 overall and 4-0 in their last four road games.
UC Riverside isn’t normally a big-scoring team. Sure, they’ve had some outbursts here and there (97 versus Cal Poly, 77 versus LBSU, etc.) but they’ve also been at 60 or below in five of their last seven games.
That said, the last game between these teams was a 111-point defensive fracas, and Hawaii came out on top for a one-point road victory. Even though Hawaii hasn’t been stellar or consistent with their own scoring as of late, I still like them to put up a better total here. I’m sticking with Hawaii on the cover.