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Air Force Falcons vs Highlanders College Hoops Game Preview

Air Force FalconsUC Riverside Highlanders
Dec 22, 4:00 PM | Student Center

Air Force Falcons vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds

7-2TEAM RECORD3-8

The UC Riverside Highlanders will try to cover the spread at Student Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Air Force Falcons in NCAA basketball action.

This season, the Highlanders are 3-8 overall and 3-6 ATS ATS, while the Falcons are 7-2 and 2-2-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, UC Riverside boasts a 2-2 on the OU, and Air Force is 1-0.

View Air Force vs UC Riverside Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Highlanders installed as 8.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Highlanders sit at No. 272 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Falcons sit at No. 164 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Falcons will win this game 82-59.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and UC Riverside has the nation's No. 319-rated offensive output, at 58.4 PPG. The visiting Falcons defense ranks No. 137 allowing on average 63.9 PPG. The Highlanders FG% has averaged 39.1% so far, less than the Falcons marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.8% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Air Force owns the country's No. 248-rated mark, allowing 74.7 points per game on the highway. UC Riverside, on the other hand, rates No. 279 in scoring at home.

Air Force was a 65-49 winner in their most recent outing at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Michael Lyons scored 26 points for Air Force on Saturday, leading the Falcons to a 65-49 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Clune Arena.

UC Riverside won its last outing, a 91-62 result against Whiitier College on December 18. UC Riverside cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Whiitier College out of the gym and running up a 91-62 score at Student Center.

Air Force Falcons Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Arkansas-Pine Bluff are 4-1
After a win are 6-4

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Cal Poly are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few Falcons at Highlanders trends to consider:
Air Force is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Air Force is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
UC Riverside is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
UC Riverside is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
Air Force at Florida, Saturday, December 29
UC Riverside home to Cal Poly, Saturday, December 29