BigWst foes will collide when the Long Beach State Beach (8-17, 3-6 BigWst) take on the UC Riverside Highlanders (14-12, 4-6 BigWst) at The Walter Pyramid. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
UC Riverside Highlanders at Long Beach State Beach ATS Preview
In the Highlanders’ last outing, they were beaten by the UC Irvine Anteaters, 63-59. UC Riverside’s Dominick Pickett had a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting. UC Irvine did a great job of making free throws (13-15; 86.7 percent). UC Riverside, meanwhile, held the Anteaters to an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 35.8).
The Beach come in on a high note after barely hanging on to beat the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in their last contest, 50-49. Long Beach State was lifted by Joshua Morgan, who was the team’s leading scorer with 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Long Beach State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 17.2 (better than their season average of 20.5) and a free throw rate of 0.157 (matching their season average). Hawaii put up marks of 21.4 and 0.130, respectively, for those same stats.
Contrasting paces will be on display in this contest. Long Beach State likes to play fast (58th in possessions per game), while UC Riverside likes to grind-it-out (337th in possessions per game).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Highlanders won 77-69. UC Riverside had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (23.3 vs. 15.8). Long Beach State, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.250 vs. 0.179). Pickett was the game’s top overall scorer with 20 points.
UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Long Beach State Beach Odds Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Long Beach State, ATS Winner – Long Beach State, O/U – Over
The Beach rank 37th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while the Highlanders rank 46th (2.7).
UC Riverside ranks 206th in steals per game (5.0) while Long Beach State ranks 212th in steals allowed per game (8.5).
UC Riverside ranks 25th in three pointers allowed per game (18.0) while Long Beach State ranks 264th (25.1).
The Highlanders rank eighth in rebounds allowed per game (30.0) while the Beach rank 246th (37.7).
UC Riverside ranks 40th in assists allowed per game (10.8) while Long Beach State ranks 247th (16.0).
The Beach’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.4, down from 9.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Highlanders have scored an average of 61.2 points per game (4.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.8 points per game (2.3 above their season average).