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Air Force vs. UC Riverside - 12/28/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UC Riverside Highlanders (5-8) at Air Force Falcons (4-7)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Air Force Falcons -6.5 -- Over/Under: 129
TV Channel
MWC
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Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The UC Riverside Highlanders and Air Force Falcons meet Friday in college basketball action at the Clune Arena.

The UC Riverside Highlanders look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 62.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Dikymbe Martin is averaging 16.2 points and 2.2 assists while Menno Dijkstra is averaging 8.1 points and 3.2 rebounds. Jordan Gilliam is dishing 2.8 assists and Dragan Elkaz is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The UC Riverside Highlanders are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 26.6 rebounds per game. The UC Riverside Highlanders have lost all six road games this season.

The Air Force Falcons could also use a victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Air Force Falcons are averaging 65.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 45 percent shooting. Lavelle Scottie is averaging 11.9 points and 1.5 assists while Ryan Swan is averaging 11.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. Sid Tomes is dishing 2.8 assists and Chris Joyce is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Air Force Falcons are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.9 percent from the free throw line. The Air Force Falcons are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.4 rebounds per game. The Air Force Falcons have won three of their last five home games.

The Highlanders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 vs. Mountain West. The Falcons are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big West and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The under is 5-1 in Falcons last 6 vs. Big West. The under is 5-1 in Highlanders last 6 road games. The under is 24-9-1 in Highlanders last 34 overall.

The Air Force Falcons are usually a consistent home team both SU and ATS, so I'm not bailing on them just yet despite their subpar play. The UC Riverside Highlanders have had issues at both ends of the court this season and are winless on the road in six tries, which includes them shooting just 40.2 percent from the field and being otuscored by 13.7 points. UC Riverside has shown very little promise up to this point and seems to be getting worse defensively. I'll take Air Force in a comfortable home victory.

Pick:
Air Force Falcons -6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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