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Cal Poly Mustangs vs Highlanders College Hoops Game Preview

Cal Poly MustangsUC Riverside Highlanders
Dec 29, 4:00 PM | Student Center

Cal Poly Mustangs vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds

4-6TEAM RECORD3-9

The UC Riverside Highlanders will be trying to slam the Cal Poly Mustangs on Saturday when the teams tip off at Student Center in college betting action.

The Highlanders sport records of 3-9 and 3-7 ATS heading into this battle, while the Mustangs have 4-6 and 3-5 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-3 for the Highlanders and 2-3 for the Mustangs.

View Cal Poly vs UC Riverside Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Cal Poly before tip-off in this one found them as 6-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Highlanders sit at No. 248 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Mustangs sit at No. 239 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Mustangs will win this game 63-55.

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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. 324-rated offensive output, at 57.9 PPG. The visiting Mustangs defense ranks No. 159 allowing on average 65.2 PPG. The Highlanders FG% has averaged 38.9% so far, less than the Mustangs marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Cal Poly owns the country's No. 167-rated mark, allowing 70.5 points per game on the highway. UC Riverside, on the other hand, rates No. 302 in scoring at home.

Cal Poly lost its last outing, a 75-62 result against Washington on December 20. They failed to cover in that game as a 9-point underdog. The Mustangs endured a 75-62 loss at the hands of the Huskies on Thursday, despite a 23-point effort from Chris Eversley at Alaska Airlines Arena.

UC Riverside was a 61-53 loser in its last match at home against Air Force. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Highlanders got 14 points from Chris Patton, but it was Air Force that prevailed in a 61-53 final on Saturday at Student Center.

Cal Poly Mustangs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Long Beach State are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing CS Northridge are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Mustangs at Highlanders trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cal Poly's last 5 games when playing on the road against UC Riverside
Cal Poly is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Cal Poly is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of UC Riverside's last 10 games when playing Cal Poly
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 5 games when playing at home against Cal Poly
UC Riverside is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Cal Poly
UC Riverside is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Cal Poly home to Long Beach State, Thursday, January 3
UC Riverside at CS Northridge, Thursday, January 3