The UC Riverside Highlanders (2-1) and the Pacific Tigers (3-2), who both like to play patient, will clash at Spanos Center. Action starts at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 17, 2019.
UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Pacific Tigers ATS Preview
In the Highlanders’ last contest, they lost to the Sacramento State Hornets, 62-49. UC Riverside’s Callum McRae had a good game, recording 11 points and 12 rebounds. Sacramento State had a much better turnover percentage (14.8 vs. 24.2). UC Riverside, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (37.1 vs. 25.0).
The Tigers hope to keep it rolling after blowing out the Pacific Union Pioneers in their last contest, 86-48. Jahlil Tripp was a key piece for Pacific with 11 points and six rebounds. Pacific played a flawless game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 44.1 (above their season average of 37.3) and a free throw rate of 0.300 (above their season average of 0.201). For those same stats, Pacific Union put up marks of 0.0 and 0.059, respectively.
The Tigers won the sole game against the Highlanders last season, 74-54. The Tigers played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.380 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 30.8. For those same stats, the Highlanders recorded marks of 0.192 and 17.9, respectively.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams square off. Pacific ranks 313th in possessions per game (66.2) and UC Riverside is 346th (63.8) since the 2018-19 season.
UC Riverside vs. Pacific ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Pacific, ATS Winner – Pacific, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Tigers rank 135th in steals per game (6.4) while the Highlanders rank 256th (4.9).
Pacific ranks seventh in rebounds allowed per game (29.8) while UC Riverside ranks 12th (31.0).
UC Riverside ranks seventh in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Pacific ranks 165th (3.5).
The Highlanders rank 157th in three pointers attempted per game (22.4) while the Tigers rank 306th (17.7).
Pacific ranks 43rd in assists allowed per game (11.2) while UC Riverside ranks 168th (13.2).