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UC Riverside Highlanders take on Waves in NCAA basketball test

UC Riverside HighlandersPepperdine Waves
Dec 5, 10:00 PM | Firestone Fieldhouse

UC Riverside Highlanders vs Pepperdine Waves Odds

2-6TEAM RECORD4-3

The Pepperdine Waves host UC Riverside on Wednesday, looking to build on their 4-3 mark against the 2-6 Highlanders in college hoops action at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Pepperdine will face the 2-6 Highlanders, who own a 3-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Waves are 2-0 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Highlanders are 2-0 favoring the OVER.

View UC Riverside vs Pepperdine Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Waves installed as 9.5-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 Waves at No. 130 and the Highlanders at No. 208 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 65-59 result in favor of the Waves.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Pepperdine's No. 90-rated squad against UC Riverside's No. 65-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Pepperdine rates No. 223 in the country with 5.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 317 nationally with 4.1 per match.

Defensively, UC Riverside features the nation's No. 240-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.2 points per game. Pepperdine, meanwhile, comes in at No. 271 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, UC Riverside was a 69-63 winner at home against Northern Colorado. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Robert Smith scored 21 points leading the Highlanders to a 69-63 victory over Northern Colorado at Student Center on Saturday.

Pepperdine was a 67-63 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Utah Valley. Pepperdine got 17 points from Lorne Jackson but lost anyway, 67-63, to Utah Valley on Saturday at UCCU Center.

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing USC are 1-3
After a win are 4-6

Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Hawaii are 1-1
After a loss are 3-7

A few Highlanders at Waves trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
UC Riverside is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pepperdine is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pepperdine is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pepperdine is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games

Next up:
UC Riverside at USC, Saturday, December 15
Pepperdine at Hawaii, Saturday, December 8