Cal Poly Mustangs home to UC Riverside Highlanders in NCAA Basketball betting action

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March 7, 10:00 PM | Mott Gymnasium

UC Riverside Highlanders vs Cal Poly Mustangs Odds

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The Cal Poly Mustangs will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the UC Riverside Highlanders at Mott Gymnasium in NCAA basketball action.

The Mustangs bring a 15-12 record (15-9-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-23 Highlanders, who are 10-16-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Cal Poly go 9-13 so far and the Highlanders go 11-11.

View UC Riverside vs Cal Poly Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Mustangs installed as 14.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Mustangs at No. 231 and the Highlanders at No. 294 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 66-56 result in favor of the Mustangs.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Cal Poly has the nation's No. 211-rated offensive output, at 66.1 PPG. The visiting Highlanders defense ranks No. 184 allowing on average 66.8 PPG. The Mustangs FG% has averaged 42.5% so far, more than the Highlanders marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.9% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, UC Riverside owns the country's No. 174-rated mark, allowing 69.6 points per game on the highway. Cal Poly, on the other hand, rates No. 145 in scoring at home.

In their last action, UC Riverside was a 70-68 loser at home against Pacific. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs. Chris Patton scored 28 points for UC Riverside on Saturday, but the Tigers managed a 70-68 victory over the Highlanders at Student Center.

Cal Poly won its last outing, a 64-61 result against Hawaii on March 2. They covered in that game as a 3-point underdog. Cal Poly got 25 points from Chris Eversley en route to a 64-61 victory over Hawaii on Saturday at Stan Sheriff Center.

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-3
Before playing Santa Barbara are 5-5
After playing Pacific are 6-4
After a loss are 2-8

Cal Poly Mustangs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing CS Fullerton are 6-4
After playing Hawaii are 1-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Highlanders at Mustangs trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Cal Poly
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 6 games when playing on the road against Cal Poly
UC Riverside is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cal Poly
UC Riverside is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Cal Poly is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cal Poly is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cal Poly's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cal Poly's last 5 games at home

Next up:
UC Riverside at Santa Barbara, Saturday, March 9
Cal Poly home to CS Fullerton, Saturday, March 9