The UC Riverside Highlanders (5-2) will be at home in the Student Recreation Center when they square off with the SIUE Cougars (2-5). Action begins at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, November 29, 2019.
SIUE Cougars vs. UC Riverside Highlanders ATS Preview
The Cougars were blown out by the Pacific Tigers in their last contest, 78-50. SIUE’s Tyresse Williford had a good game, leading the team in scoring with 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting. Pacific won the rebounding battle. The Tigers had 10 offensive rebounds and 33 total rebounds, while the Cougars had five and 20, respectively.
In the Highlanders’ previous matchup, they defeated the Longwood Lancers, 71-58. George Willborn III played a key role for UC Riverside with 12 points and 12 rebounds. UC Riverside dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.207 (above their season average of 0.194) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.0 (below their season average of 29.5). Longwood was 0.081 and 12.2, respectively, for those same stats.
It will be a matchup of contrasting styles as the fast-paced Cougars will look to push the more half-court-oriented Highlanders. Since last season, the Cougars rank 34th in possessions per game while the Highlanders are 347th.
SIUE Cougars at UC Riverside Highlanders Free Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – UC Riverside, ATS Winner – UC Riverside, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Highlanders rank 24th in three pointers allowed per game (19.3) while the Cougars rank 141st (21.8).
UC Riverside ranks fourth in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while SIUE ranks 98th (3.1).
UC Riverside ranks 13th in rebounds allowed per game (31.1) while SIUE ranks 276th (37.3).
The Highlanders rank 59th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while the Cougars rank 239th (7.0).
UC Riverside ranks 150th in assists allowed per game (12.8) while SIUE ranks 283rd (15.1).