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Western Michigan vs. UC Riverside - 12/30/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UC Riverside Highlanders (5-9) at Western Michigan Broncos (5-7)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -9 -- Over/Under: 134.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The UC Riverside Highlanders and Western Michigan Broncos meet Sunday in college basketball action at the University Arena.

The UC Riverside Highlanders could use a big road win after losing five of their last eight games. The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 62.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Dikymbe Martin is averaging 16.2 points and 2.4 assists while Dragan Elkaz is averaging eight points and 2.4 rebounds. Jordan Gilliam is dishing 2.6 assists and Menno Dijkstra is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The UC Riverside Highlanders are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 26 rebounds per game. The UC Riverside Highlanders have lost all seven road games this season.

The Western Michigan Broncos could also use a victory after losing five of their last six games. The Western Michigan Broncos are averaging 71.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 44 percent shooting. Michael Flowers is averaging 15.5 points and 3.5 assists while Seth Dugan is averaging 15.2 points and 8.7 rebounds. Josh Davis is the third double-digit scorer and Kawanise Wilkins is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Western Michigan Broncos are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The Western Michigan Broncos are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Western Michigan Broncos have split their last four home games.

The Highlanders are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Broncos are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big West. The over is 53-26-3 in Broncos last 82 home games. The under is 24-10-1 in Highlanders last 35 overall.

The Western Michigan Broncos are a better team than what they've shown up to this point and should be able to show that in this winnable game at home. The UC Riverside Highlanders have lost all seven road games this season and are being outscored by 13.4 points in those games thanks to 40.5 percent shooting and averaging less than 60 points. The Western Michigan Broncos have the offensive firepower to pull away in this game and UC Riverside is one of the worst offensive teams in the country. I'll eat the chalk.

Pick:
Western Michigan Broncos -9

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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