Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Rainbow Warriors versus the Highlanders? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at SRC Arena in Riverside, CA. This Big West conference matchup has an over/under of 139.5 points, and UC Riverside is favored to win by -1.5 at home vs. Hawaii.

HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS VS UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UC Riverside Highlanders -1.5

This game will be played at SRC Arena at 8:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

WHY BET THE UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Highlanders.
  • Not only will UC Riverside pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Rainbow Warriors Win in Riverside?

Despite being the underdog, Hawaii has been the favorite in 16 of their 29 games this season. They are 12-4 in those games. On the road, the Rainbow Warriors are 5-8 this season with an average scoring margin of -2.1 points per game.

Coming off a 75-63 loss to UC Davis, Hawaii is 16-13 overall and 7-10 in Big West games. Their record as the underdog is 1-10, and they have lost two straight games on the road.

As the underdog this season, Hawaii has gone just 1-10 against the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-8 and over their last 10 road games, they are 3-7 vs. the spread. In their last three games as the underdog, the Rainbow Warriors are 0-3 ATS.

Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line for Hawaii’s games this season (138.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points, which is higher than today’s over/under line.

The Hawaii offense is coming off a game where they scored 63 points against UC Davis. They posted a field goal percentage of 51.1% and connected on 6 threes. Noel Coleman is leading the team in scoring at 13.1 points per contest. Justin McKoy has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 11.9 going into the game.

At present, the Rainbow Warriors’ defense is nationally ranked 82nd, allowing 68.4 points per game. The Hawaii defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 75 points and allowed UC Davis to connect on 4 threes.

Can the Highlanders Lock in a Home Win?

UC Riverside enters this game with a 13-16 record, including an 8-9 mark in Big West play. At home, the Highlanders are 9-4 this season, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

For the year, UC Riverside has been favored in 11 games, going 9-2 in those contests. On the other hand, the Highlanders are 3-14 as underdogs.

UC Riverside has an ATS record of 13-15 this season. At home, their ATS mark is 7-6. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Highlanders are 5-5 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record in UC Riverside games is 15-12-1, and today’s over/under line of 139.5 is close to their average of 138.4. Their games have finished with more points than today’s line in 13 of 29 contests. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 144 points.

UC Riverside is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 84 points versus Cal Poly. This output is higher than their season-average of 69.5 points per game. Barrington Hargress led the team in scoring, putting up 20 points. Additionally, Nate Pickens contributed 14 points for the Highlanders.

UC Riverside’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 71.4 points per game. The UC Riverside defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 78 points and allowed Cal Poly to connect on 9 threes.