Long Beach State vs UC Riverside 12/31/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Long Beach State vs UC Riverside 12/31/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds player photo
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The UC Riverside Highlanders and Long Beach State 49ers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Walter Pyramid. The UC Riverside Highlanders look for their ninth win. The Long Beach State 49ers look to get back to a .500 record.

The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 73.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Zyon Pullin is averaging 19.4 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Lachlan Olbrich is averaging 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. Flynn Cameron is dishing 3.1 assists, and Kyle Owens is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The UC Riverside Highlanders are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game.

The Long Beach State 49ers are averaging 75.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Joel Murray is averaging 15.7 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Marcus Tsohonis is averaging 13.1 points and 3 rebounds. Lassina Traore is dishing 1.2 assists and Jadon Jones is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Long Beach State 49ers are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 63.9 percent from the free throw line. The Long Beach State 49ers are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game.

The Highlanders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win. The Beach are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 16-5 in Highlanders last 21 overall. The over is 5-0 in Beach last 5 overall.

There's not a lot of separation between these teams, but the Long Beach State 49ers are playing the better ball at the moment, and they're at home here, where they win by an average of 13.2 points. The UC Riverside Highlanders have had issues on the road and their defense has slipped overall these last couple of weeks. I'll lay the bucket with LBSU at home.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:Long Beach State Beach -2