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UC Riverside vs. Cal Poly - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cal Poly at UC Riverside
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
SRC Arena
Riverside, California
The Line
The Line: UC Riverside -6.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5
TV Channel
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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Cal Poly Mustangs and UC Riverside Highlanders meet Thursday in college basketball action at the SRC Arena.

The Cal Poly Mustangs could use a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Cal Poly Mustangs are averaging 63.8 points on 40.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Donovan Fields is averaging 16.4 points and 4.6 assists while Mark Crowe is averaging 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds. Marcellus Garrick is grabbing 2.7 rebounds and Jakub Niziol is dishing 1.2 assists. The Cal Poly Mustangs are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 63.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cal Poly Mustangs are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.9 rebounds per game. The Cal Poly Mustangs have lost all nine road games this season.

The UC Riverside Highlanders also need a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 64.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Dikymbe Martin is averaging 16 points and 2.9 assists while Dragan Elkaz is averaging 8.5 points and two rebounds. Jordan Gilliam is dishing three assists and Menno Dijkstra is grabbing four rebounds. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The UC Riverside Highlanders are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.1 rebounds per game. The UC Riverside Highlanders have won five of their last six home games.

The Mustangs are 12-38-1 ATS in their last 51 vs. Big West, 5-15-2 ATS in their last 22 road games and 22-53-2 ATS in their last 77 games overall. The Highlanders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big West and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mustangs are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 24-8-1 ATS in the last 33 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Highlanders last 8 overall. The over is 9-4 in Mustangs last 13 overall.

The UC Riverside Highlanders just beat Cal Poly on the road last week by 23 points and have won five of the last eight meetings against the Mustangs overall. The Cal Poly Mustangs are riding a five-game losing streak while shooting just 37.9 percent from the field and losing by an average of 13 points in those games. The UC Riverside Highlanders don't have many comfortable wins and are in shaky form currently, but they are 4-1 ATS at home this season. There's enough here to suggest that the Highlanders and the somewhat reasonable number is the the play.

UC Riverside -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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