Highlanders open as college hoops underdog vs Tigers
UC Riverside Highlanders vs Pacific Tigers Odds
The Pacific Tigers will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the UC Riverside Highlanders at Spanos Center in NCAA basketball action.
The Tigers are 10-8 so far on the season, and 9-5-1 ATS vs. the number. The Highlanders, meanwhile, are 5-13 and 6-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pacific go 8-6 and the Highlanders go 6-5 on the totals.
Bettors looking to side with Pacific in this one found them as 14.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Tigers - Highlanders odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pacific is rated No. 143 in the current Odds Shark poll, while UC Riverside is at No. 275. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 69-58 win for the Tigers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pacific's No. 153 nationally ranked offense (68.7 points per game) against a Highlanders defense that sits as the No. 201 at 67.2 PPG. The Tigers have been averaging 47% from the field, more than the Highlanders have managed so far this season (41.6% on average).
Defensively, UC Riverside features the nation's No. 206-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.1 points per game. Pacific, meanwhile, comes in at No. 105 nationally in scoring at home.
UC Riverside was a 68-58 winner in its last match at home against UC Irvine. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. UC Riverside got 21 points from Chris Patton en route to a 68-58 victory over UC Irvine on Saturday at Student Center.
Pacific won its last outing, a 74-62 result against CS Northridge on January 19. They covered in that game as a 1-point favorite. Ross Rivera scored 16 points leading the Tigers to a 74-62 victory over CS Northridge at The Matadome on Saturday.
UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing UC Davis are 4-6
After playing UC Irvine are 4-6
After a win are 2-8
Pacific Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing CS Fullerton are 4-6
After playing CS Northridge are 4-6
After a win are 4-6
A few Highlanders at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of UC Riverside's last 7 games when playing on the road against Pacific
UC Riverside is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
UC Riverside is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pacific
UC Riverside is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Pacific
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pacific's last 7 games when playing at home against UC Riverside
Pacific is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pacific is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games when playing UC Riverside
Pacific is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
UC Riverside at UC Davis, Saturday, January 26
Pacific home to CS Fullerton, Saturday, January 26