UC Riverside vs. UC Davis - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside vs. UC Davis - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

UC Davis Aggies (14-17) at UC Riverside Highlanders (16-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Student Recreation Center)

The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders -4.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UC-Davis Aggies and the UC-Riverside Highlanders meet in Big West conference college hoops from the SRC Arena on Saturday night.

The UC-Davis Aggies will try to break out from the middle of the Big West standings, sitting at 8-7 in conference play after a 67-65 loss to Hawaii last time out. Joe Mooney leads UC-Davis in scoring with 12.7 PPG while Ezra Manjon has 12.4 PPG and 4.1 APG and Stefan Gonzalez has 10.9 PPG for the Aggies this year. Elijah Pepper also has 5.3 RPG to lead the Aggies on the glass this season. As a team, UC-Davis is averaging 73.2 points on 46.4% shooting from the field 39.5% from 3-point range and 78.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.6 points on 46% shooting from the field and 33.6% from 3-point range this season. UC-Davis is 5-11 straight up and 12-4 against the spread on the road this season.

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The UC-Riverside Highlanders will try to finish the year on a high note, sitting at 6-9 in conference play after a 49-43 win over Hawaii last time out. Arinze Chidom leads UC-Riverside with 11.1 PPG and 6.7 RPG in 20 games this season while Callum McRae has 9.8 PPG and 6.2 RPG this season. Khyber Kabellis also has 3.1 APG to lead the Highlanders in the assists department this season. As a team, UC-Riverside is averaging 64.3 points on 43.4% shooting from the field, 34.8% from 3-point range and 69% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 60.6 points on 40.5% shooting from the field and 34.8% from 3-point range this season. UC-Riverside is 10-5 straight up and 7-5 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I get that UC-Riverside is at home and it’s seniors night, but the Aggies are the better team here getting points. The Highlanders have done a good job winning games as home, and the covers have been there as well, but the Aggies have been solid at covering the number on the road in their own right and in a rivalry game like this, the game could come down to the final possession. I’ll take my chances with UC-Davis and the points here.

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Chris’s Pick UC-Davis +4.5

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