Looking to win big? The Highlanders and Mustangs face off at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Mustangs are hosting the game at Mott Athletics Center in San Luis Obispo, CA. UC Riverside come into this Big West conference matchup as the -7 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 131 points.

UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS VS CAL POLY MUSTANGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cal Poly Mustangs +7

This game will be played at Mott Athletics Center at 10:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE CAL POLY MUSTANGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Mustangs.
  • Not only will Cal Poly pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +7.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 131 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can The Highlanders Secure a Road Victory?

UC Riverside comes into this game as a 7-point favorite, and they have gone 8-2 this season when favored. The Highlanders are 12-16 overall, including a 7-9 record in Big West play.

On the road, UC Riverside has gone just 2-12 this season, and their average scoring margin is -10.2 points per game. However, they have won their last two road games after losing eight of their previous ten.

UC Riverside has an ATS record of 13-14 this season and they are 5-5 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite. On the road, the Highlanders have gone 6-8 vs. the spread this year and they are 2-1 in their last 3 road games vs. the spread.

UC Riverside’s over/under record this season is 14-12-1 with games averaging 139 points. Today’s over/under line of 131 is lower than the average OU line in their games (138.6). So far, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 141 points.

In their recent matchup, the UC Riverside offense ended with 65 points against California-San Diego. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 35% and made 4 threes. The top scorer for the Highlanders was Kaleb Smith with 18 points, while Barrington Hargress also chipped in with 15 points.

So far, the Highlanders’ defense is ranked 149th in the country at 71.1 points per contest. In today’s game, the UC Riverside defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 4 three-pointers while giving up 77 points.

Will the Mustangs Defense Show Up at Home?

Cal Poly will be looking to snap their 15-game losing streak tonight when they take on UC Riverside. So far, the Mustangs are winless in Big West play, going 0-15, and they are 4-23 overall.

At home this season, Cal Poly has gone 2-9, and they have lost their last eight games at home. In their last game, the Mustangs fell to Cal State Fullerton by a score of 68-50.

Cal Poly has an ATS record of 11-15 this season and an ATS mark of 5-6 at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Mustangs have gone 4-6 vs. the spread.

Cal Poly’s over/under record for the season sits at 12-12-2, and today’s over/under line of 131 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games this year (134.4). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is exactly 131 points.

In their recent matchup, the Cal Poly offense ended with 50 points against Cal State Fullerton. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 34.7% and made 8 threes. Quentin Jones was the leading scorer for the Mustangs, putting up 14 points. In addition, Kobe Sanders contributed 10 points.

At present, the Mustangs’ defense is nationally ranked 187th, allowing 72.7 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Cal Poly’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 45.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.7% this season.