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Long Beach State vs UC Riverside Basketball Picks 3-14-24

UC Riverside Highlanders (16-17) vs. Long Beach State Beach (18-14)
March 14, 2024 11:30 pm EDT
The Line: Long Beach State Beach -4; Over/Under: +150
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In this article we will formulate a UC Riverside vs Long Beach State betting prediction for this college basketball game on Thursday, March 14th at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The UC Riverside recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Long Beach State recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving UC Riverside
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Long Beach State
  • Recent betting trends in games played between UC Riverside and Long Beach State
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between UC Riverside and Long Beach State

UC Riverside Preview

The UC Riverside Highlanders are 16-17 (10-10) this year after they defeated Cal State Bakersfield by a score of 83-78 in their last game. UC Riverside trailed 44-33 at the half, but they out scored Bakersfield 50-34 in the second half for the win. The Highlanders shot 48% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. UC Riverside defeated UCSB by a score of 81-64 and Cal State Fullerton by a score of 84-74 in the two games prior to Bakersfield. The Highlanders are scoring 70.4 points per game with 37.4 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game, while allowing 71.4 points against per game this year. Barrington Hargress is averaging 12.4 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 4.5 assists per game. UC Riverside is shooting 39.7% from the field, 71.4% on free throws, and 31.6% on three pointers this season.

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Long Beach State Preview

The Long Beach State Beach are 18-14 (10-10) this season after they lost to UC Davis by a score of 88-78 in their last game. Long Beach State trailed 46-39 at halftime and they allowed 42 second half points in the loss. The Beach shot 45.3% from the field and were +14 in rebounding margin in the game. Long Beach State has lost five games in a row and they have allowed at least 76 points in four of them. The Beach are scoring 77.4 points per game with 38.3 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game, while giving up 76.1 points against per game this season. Marcus Tsohonis is averaging 17.6 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, and 3.0 assists per game. Long Beach State is shooting 44.7% from the field, 70.3% on free throws, and 30.1% on three pointers this year. 

UC Riverside vs Long Beach State Betting Prediction

Both of these teams finished the regular season with a 10-10 conference record, but UC Riverside is in much better form. The Highlanders have won four of their last five games, including a win over Bakersfield on Wednesday. Long Beach State is on a five game losing streak and their defense has allowed a lot of points this season. Long Beach State did win both regular season meetings by scores of 83-75 and 65-53, but I like the Highlanders in this game. UC Riverside does not shoot the ball very well, but I can’t back a team that is struggling like LBSU. Take UC Riverside here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: UC Riverside ML

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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