UC Riverside vs Hawaii College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/8/21

UC Riverside vs Hawaii College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/8/21 Photo by Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (2-0) at UC Riverside Highlanders (3-1)

College Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Student Recreation Center)

The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders -6 -- Over/Under: 131 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Hawaii Warriors and the UC-Riverside Highlanders meet in college basketball action from the SRC Arena on Friday night.

The Hawaii Warriors come into this one looking to build off of an 89-66 win over subdivision Hawaii-Hilo last time out. James Jean-Marie leads the Warriors in scoring and rebounding with 16.5 PPG and 9 RPG while Justin Webster comes in with 13.5 PPG and 4 APG. Casdon Jardine and Mate Colina each have 12 PPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Hawaii coming into this game with Jardine putting up 7.5 RPG while Colina has 6.5 RPG for the Warriors through their first two games of the year. As a team, Hawaii is averaging 86 PPG on 48.8% shooting from the field, 38.5% from 3-point range and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 58 PPG on 37.7% shooting from the field and 23.1% from 3-point range this season.

The UC-Riverside Highlanders come into this one rested having not played in almost a month, looking to build on their 3-1 record after a 74-50 road win over Northern Arizona last time they took the floor. Arinze Chidom leads the Highlanders in scoring with 13.5 PPG while Jock Perry is right behind in scoring, sitting 2nd with 13 PPG with both Chidom and Perry logging 4.5 PPG this season. Wil Tattersall has 10.3 PPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for UC-Riverside coming into this game while Zyon Pullin has 9.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG and a team-high 4.8 APG this season. Flynn Cameron has 7 PPG, 3 APG and a team-high 6.3 RPG this season. As a team UC-Riverside is averaging 68.5 PPG on 46.6% shooting from the field, 40.4% from 3-point range and 62.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 55.3 PPG, shooting 35.9% from the field and 23.2% from 3-point range this season.

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Hawaii is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. UC-Riverside is 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games. The road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

The line movement baffles me. Sure, Hawaii’s 2-0, but the two wins came against subdivision opponents before Hawaii had a two-and-a-half-week layoff coming into this game. UC-Riverside hasn’t had the toughest schedule and hasn’t played in almost a month, but they held a power 5 team in Washington to just 42 points and are giving up the 2nd-fewest points per game in the country this season. This is UC-Riverside’s first home game as well so while there won’t be fans, you have to think that the highlanders will be just a little more up for this game to defend home floor. I’ll lay the points with UC-Riverside in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick UC-Riverside -6

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