Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Beach versus the Highlanders? Tip off is at at 4:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on SPEC. The game will be played at SRC Arena in Riverside, CA. Long Beach State is favored by -1 in this Big West conference matchup the against UC Riverside. The over/under for the game is set at 154.5 points.

LONG BEACH STATE BEACH VS UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UC Riverside Highlanders +1

This game will be played at SRC Arena at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Highlanders.
  • Not only will UC Riverside pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 154.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can Long Beach State Pull Off a Road Win?

Long Beach State Beach will be on the road for their matchup with UC Riverside Highlanders. So far this season, Long Beach State Beach has a record of 7-6 on the road.

Over their last 10 games on the road, Long Beach State Beach has a record of 6-4. They are coming off a 72-61 loss to UC Irvine.

Long Beach State has an overall ATS record of 8-10 this season. On the road, they are 6-7 vs. the spread. As the favorite, they have gone 4-7 vs. the spread this year. In their last 10 games as the favorite, they have a record of 4-6.

Long Beach State’s over/under record this season is 12-6 and the over/under line in their games is averaging 153.1 points. So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 154.5 points. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 148 points and their over/under record during their last five games is 4-1.

Against UC Irvine, the Long Beach State had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 79.1 points per game. They scored 61 points and posted a field goal percentage of 32.8% in the game. Leading Long Beach State in scoring vs. UC Irvine was Marcus Tsohonis with his 15 points. Lassina Traore also added 9 points for the Beach.

The Beach’s defense is presently ranked 262nd nationally, allowing an average of 77.4 points per contest. Against UC Irvine in their most recent game, the Long Beach State defense gave up a total of 72 points while allowing UC Irvine to hit 32% of their shots.

Can the UC Riverside Offense Score Enough at Home?

UC Riverside has been a completely different team at home compared to on the road this season. The Highlanders are 7-2 at home, compared to 0-11 on the road. They enter tonight’s game on a two-game home winning streak.

Overall, UC Riverside has gone 8-13 this season, including a 3-6 mark in Big West play. They are coming off a 66-65 loss to California-San Diego.

UC Riverside has been a solid team vs. the spread this year, going 10-10. At home, they have a 6-3 ATS mark. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Highlanders have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for UC Riverside games is 11-9. The average scoring total in their games this season is 138.5 points, which is slightly higher than the average over/under line for their games of 137.9 points. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 136 points. Today’s over/under line of 154.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season and there have been two games that finished with more points than today’s line.

The Highlanders’ offense finished with 65 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 68.7 points per contest. Isaiah Moses is leading the team in scoring at 13 points per contest. Barrington Hargress has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 11 going into the game.

At this time, the Highlanders’ defense is positioned 142nd in the country, permitting 71.4 points per game. UC Riverside’s three-point defense is currently 73rd in the country at 6.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 44.4% of their shots vs. UC Riverside.