Expect a low-scoring game when the Cal State Fullerton Titans (5-11, 0-1 BigWst) and UC Riverside Highlanders (11-6, 1-0 BigWst) clash at Student Recreation Center. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Cal State Fullerton Titans vs. UC Riverside Highlanders Odds Preview
The last time the Titans played, they lost to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 75-69. Cal State Fullerton’s Austen Awosika had a good game, leading the team in scoring with 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Hawaii had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.6 vs. 20.6). Cal State Fullerton, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.283 (above their season average of 0.206).
The Highlanders come in on a high note after defeating the UC Davis Aggies in their last contest, 65-59. Arinze Chidom fueled UC Riverside with 11 points and eight rebounds. The Highlanders had a free throw rate of 0.222 (above their season average of 0.170) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.611 (above their season average of 0.511).
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the country’s slowest-paced teams square off. UC Riverside currently ranks 335th in possessions per game (65.7) and Cal State Fullerton is 267th (68.2). Moreover, the Titans’ 316th-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 94.2) will face a difficult test against the Highlanders’ 42nd-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 90.4).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Titans won both matchups last season. In the last contest, Cal State Fullerton won 77-54. Cal State Fullerton’s free throw rate was their biggest strength over UC Riverside. The Titans had a rate of 0.283, while the Highlanders posted a mark of 0.094.
Cal State Fullerton Titans vs. UC Riverside Highlanders Betting Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – UC Riverside, ATS Winner – UC Riverside, O/U – Over
The Titans are 24th in the country with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while the Highlanders are 31st with 2.5 blocks allowed per game.
UC Riverside ranks 22nd in rebounds allowed per game (30.6) while Cal State Fullerton ranks 170th (36.3).
The Highlanders rank 40th in assists allowed per game (10.5) while the Titans rank 79th (11.8).
Cal State Fullerton allows the 26th-fewest three pointers per game (18.1) while UC Riverside ranks 53rd (19.4).
The Highlanders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.6, down from 6.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Titans have scored an average of 59.0 points per game (1.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 50.8 points per game (12.0 below their season average).