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Highlanders open as college hoops underdog vs Cougars

Washington State CougarsUC Riverside Highlanders
Nov 27, 1:30 PM | Anaheim Convention Center

Washington State Cougars vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds

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The UC Riverside Highlanders will hit the floor running against the visiting Washington State Cougars Sunday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Anaheim Convention Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

The Cougars will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 2-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Highlanders are 1-3 ATS. Washington State is 3-2 against the total, while UC Riverside is 1-3 versus the number.

View Washington State vs UC Riverside Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Highlanders in this one, they're listed as 8.5-point underdogs on the NCAAB betting menu for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 40 (Highlanders) and the No. 106 (Cougars) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 63-61 result in favor of the Cougars has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up UC Riverside's No. 333 nationally ranked offense (54 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 307 at 75.2 PPG. The Highlanders have been averaging 37% from the field, less than the Cougars have managed so far this season (48.1% on average).

Defensively, Washington State features the nation's No. 303-rated defense on the road, allowing 81 points per game. UC Riverside, meanwhile, comes in at No. 308 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Washington State, they were a 72-62 loser as they battled New Mexico at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 6-point underdog. The Lobos grabbed a 72-62 win over the Cougars on Friday, behind a 21-point effort from Tony Snell at Anaheim Convention Center.

UC Riverside was a 66-62 loser in their most recent outing at home against Boston College. They failed to cover the 1–point spread as favorites. Boston College got 32 points from Patrick Heckmann en route to a 66-62 victory over UC Riverside on Friday at Anaheim Convention Center.

Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Grambling State are 0-2
After a loss are 7-3

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-4
Before playing USC are 0-3
After a loss are 3-7

A few Cougars at Highlanders trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Washington State home to Grambling State, Wednesday, November 30
UC Riverside home to USC, Wednesday, November 30

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