Highlanders open as college hoops underdog vs Matadors

UC Riverside HighlandersCS Northridge Matadors
Jan 3, 10:05 PM | The Matadome

UC Riverside Highlanders vs CS Northridge Matadors Odds

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A key college battle sees the visiting UC Riverside Highlanders travelling to CS Northridge Thursday to take on the Matadors.

This season, the Matadors are 9-4 overall and 9-2 ATS ATS, while the Highlanders are 3-10 and 3-8 ATS against the number. As for the totals, CS Northridge boasts a 3-2 on the OU, and UC Riverside is 2-4.

View UC Riverside vs CS Northridge Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, CS Northridge sat as 14-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 102-rated Matadors and the No. 259-ranked Highlanders, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 76-61 result in favor of the Matadors.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Highlanders is ranked No. 57 in NCAA hoops at 38.8 per game. Contrast that with CS Northridge’s No. 44 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, CS Northridge is the No. 272-ranked team in the country at 5.1 per game, while UC Riverside rates No. 313 at 4.4 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, UC Riverside owns the country's No. 191-rated mark, allowing 71.5 points per game on the highway. CS Northridge, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in scoring at home.

UC Riverside was a 58-48 loser in their most recent outing at home against Cal Poly. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Chris Harriel scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Highlanders to a win (they lost 58-48 to Cal Poly at Student Center on Saturday).

CS Northridge lost its last outing, a 74-71 result against Hawaii on December 29. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. Stephan Hicks scored 25 points for CS Northridge on Saturday, but the Warriors managed a 74-71 victory over the Matadors at Stan Sheriff Center.

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Hawaii are 2-0
After playing Cal Poly are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

CS Northridge Matadors Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing CS Fullerton are 3-7
After playing Hawaii are 1-2
After a loss are 3-7

A few Highlanders at Matadors trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
UC Riverside is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against CS Northridge
UC Riverside is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
CS Northridge is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of CS Northridge's last 6 games when playing UC Riverside
CS Northridge is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing UC Riverside
CS Northridge is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against UC Riverside

Next up:
UC Riverside at Hawaii, Saturday, January 5
CS Northridge home to CS Fullerton, Saturday, January 5

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