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UC Riverside vs. LBSU - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LBSU at UC Riverside
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
SRC Arena
Riverside, CA
The Line
UC Riverside +2 / over-under: 146
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NCAA BB | LBSU at UC Riverside
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Big West college basketball action on Thursday pits the Long Beach State 49ers against the UC Riverside Highlanders.

The Long Beach State 49ers are looking to build on Wednesday’s 80-78 victory against Cal State Northridge as a five point favorite.

Long Beach State buried in the conference standings because of too many defensive woes with opponents averaging almost 78 points.

Deishaun Booker led a second half comeback for the 49ers with 20 points, three yanks and four helpers while Bryan Alberts added another 20 points and four pulls.

LBSU received 15 points and six rebounds from Jordan Roberts followed by Drew Cobb with eight points, 13 rebounds and four assists.

The UC Riverside Highlanders failed in their bid for back to back wins with an 87-64 loss at the Hawaii Rainbows as an eleven point underdog.

UC Riverside is next to last in the conference standings and need to control the pace and limit turnovers with opponents sinking shots at 47%.

Dikymbe Martin topped the Highlanders offense with 22 points followed by Callum McRae who tossed in 13 points and posted three boards.

Menno Dijkstra netted nine points and logged four pulls followed by Dragan Elkaz who gave UC Riverside eight more points.

  • Long Beach State 49ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and Long Beach State 49ers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.

UC Riverside Highlanders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and UC Riverside Highlanders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big West.

Long Beach State 49ers are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in UC Riverside.

We could argue which struggling team is better but I’ll go with the visiting 49ers who have played well in this matchup…

Pick:
Long Beach -2

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