The Cal State Fullerton Titans (7-5) welcome the UC Riverside Highlanders (5-9) to Titan Gym. The Highlanders are 8-point underdogs and will try to snap a seven-game road losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 141 points and it can be seen on ESPN 3 at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
UC Riverside Highlanders at Cal State Fullerton Titans Betting Odds
Both teams were beaten in their last outing. The Titans fell to the Utah Valley Wolverines, 87-78, while the Highlanders lost big to the Seattle Redhawks, 95-71.
UC Riverside had an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.0 (above their season average of 28.3) while Cal State Fullerton did a great job of getting and making free throws (39-47; 83.0 percent). Cal State Fullerton’s Kyle Allman Jr. played well, putting up 15 points and seven rebounds. Chance Murray was a key piece for UC Riverside with 16 points.
Cal State Fullerton should have the advantage on the defensive side of the ball. The Titans rank 77th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.472), while UC Riverside is 317th in effective field goal percentage (0.467).
Of the Highlanders’ 9 games that accepted bets, six have finished under the O/U total. UC Riverside comes into the game with records of 5-9 straight up (SU) and 4-5 against the spread (ATS).
Games featuring the Titans also have typically gone under the O/U total (62.5 percent). Moreover, Cal State Fullerton is 7-5 SU and 6-2 ATS.
Khalil Ahmad and Allman Jr. have played well over the last five games for Cal State Fullerton. Ahmad has averaged 21.8 points and 1.8 steals, while Allman Jr. has recorded 18.8 points and 1.6 steals a game during that span.
This was a highly contested series last year, as the teams split their two games last season. In the most recent contest, the Titans won 56-55. The Titans’ 18.2 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Highlanders, who had a rate of 27.1. This is the first time these teams will battle this year.
UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Cal State Fullerton, ATS Winner – Cal State Fullerton, O/U – Under
Cal State Fullerton ranks 99th in rebounds allowed per game (34.2) while UC Riverside ranks 228th (38.9).
The Highlanders rank 111th in blocks per game (3.3) while the Titans rank 114th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
The Titans rank 128th in three pointers allowed per game (21.9) while the Highlanders rank 236th (25.4).
Cal State Fullerton ranks 102nd in steals per game (6.5) while UC Riverside ranks 141st in steals allowed per game (7.1).
Cal State Fullerton is 2-0 ATS at home, while UC Riverside is 1-4 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 2 of the Titans’ 2 home games, while 3 of the Highlanders’ 5 road games have gone under.
The Titans are 3-0 ATS over their last five games, while the Highlanders are 1-1.
In their last five games, Cal State Fullerton has 3 overs, while UC Riverside has 1 over and 1 under.
The Titans’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.2, down from 2.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Highlanders have scored an average of 75.6 points per game (7.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.6 points per game (2.8 above their season average).