Looking to win big? The Highlanders and Tritons face off at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Tritons are hosting the game at LionTree Arena in San Diego, CA. The over/under for this Big West conference contest is set at 139.5 points, with California-San Diego being favored by -8.5 at home against UC Riverside.

UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS VS CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO TRITONS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UC Riverside Highlanders +8.5

This game will be played at LionTree Arena at 10:00 ET on Thursday, January 25th.

WHY BET THE UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 81-66 in favor of the Highlanders.
  • Not only will UC Riverside pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 147 points.

Taking a Look at the Highlanders Chances on the Road

UC Riverside is 0-10 on the road this season, and they are coming off an 82-63 win over CSUN. Their overall record is 8-12, and they are 3-5 in the Big West.

As an underdog, the Highlanders have gone 1-10 this season, and they are 0-10 in their last 10 games on the road. So far, they have been the underdog in 11 of their 20 games.

As the underdog, UC Riverside has an ATS record of 5-6 this season and an overall ATS mark of 9-10. On the road, the Highlanders are just 3-7 vs. the spread and have gone 0-3 ATS in their last three road games. In their last 10 games as the underdog, UC Riverside has an ATS record of 5-5.

So far this season, the over/under record for UC Riverside games is 11-8 and today’s line of 139.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (137.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 132 points and during their last 10 games, the average scoring total is 140 points. Currently, their over/under record over their last three games is 1-2, over their last five games it is 2-3, and over their last 10 games it is 7-3.

UC Riverside’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 82 points against CSUN. They had an overall field goal percentage of 44.4% and made 9/13 free throws. Isaiah Moses is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 13.1. Meanwhile, Barrington Hargress also brings a PPG average of 10.9 into the game.

On defense, UC Riverside is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.6 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UC Riverside’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 36.2% this season.

Will the Tritons Find a Way to Win at Home?

California-San Diego is 12-7 overall and 6-1 in Big West play. The Tritons are 6-2 at home this season and have won three straight games at home. They are 8-1 when favored this season.

In their last game, the Tritons beat Hawaii 67-61. They have gone 8-2 in their last 10 home games, and their average scoring margin at home this season is +7.5 points per game.

As the favorite, Cal-San Diego has been outstanding vs. the spread this season, going 8-1. Their overall ATS mark is 12-5. At home, their ATS record is 7-1 and they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last three games at home.

California-San Diego’s over/under record for the season is 7-9-1 and today’s line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line of 142.4 in their games this season. So far, 10 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s, and in their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points.

Compared to their season average of 76.6 points per game, California-San Diego struggled in their previous game. Against Hawaii, the Tritons scored 67 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.1%. Bryce Pope is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 18.3. Meanwhile, Francis Nwaokorie also brings a PPG average of 12.5 into the game.

Currently, the Tritons’ defense holds the 73rd rank in the nation, allowing 67.6 points per game. The California-San Diego defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 61 points and allowed Hawaii to connect on 7 threes.