The Cal Poly Mustangs (4-13, 1-2 BigWst) will try to snap a nine-game road losing streak when they take on the UC Riverside Highlanders (12-8, 2-2 BigWst) at Student Recreation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
Cal Poly Mustangs at UC Riverside Highlanders Betting Preview
The last time the Mustangs played, they fell to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 65-61. With 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting, Colby Rogers was the top scorer from either team. Hawaii held the Mustangs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.1 (below their season average of 23.5). Cal Poly, meanwhile, held the Rainbow Warriors to an effective field goal percentage of 0.367 (below their season average of 0.510).
The Highlanders are hoping for a better outcome after their 69-53 loss to the UC Irvine Anteaters in their last matchup. Dikymbe Martin led UC Riverside in scoring with 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting. UC Irvine had an effective field goal percentage of 0.612 (above their season average of 0.508). UC Riverside, on the other hand, held the Anteaters to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.0 (below their season average of 35.3).
UC Riverside figures to have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Highlanders currently rank 82nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.463), while Cal Poly is 280th in effective field goal percentage (0.476). Also, the Mustangs rank 317th in offensive rebounding percentage (22.8 percent), while the Highlanders rank fifth in defensive rebounding percentage (79.4 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Mustangs won the last game 71-45. The Mustangs played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.635 and an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 34.5. The Highlanders were 0.383 and 23.3, respectively, for those same stats.
Cal Poly Mustangs vs. UC Riverside Highlanders Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – UC Riverside, ATS Winner – UC Riverside, O/U – Under
UC Riverside ranks 39th in assists allowed per game (10.6) while Cal Poly ranks 155th (13.3).
The Highlanders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.4, up from 4.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mustangs have scored an average of 64.4 points per game (1.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (3.1 below their season average).