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College Basketball Matchup - Cal Poly Mustangs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds Preview

UC Riverside HighlandersCal Poly Mustangs
Feb 9, 10:00 PM | Mott Gymnasium

UC Riverside Highlanders vs Cal Poly Mustangs Odds

11-12TEAM RECORD13-11

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Cal Poly Mustangs try to run the Highlanders off the court at Mott Gymnasium in college hoops action.

The Mustangs bring a 13-11 record (9-11 ATS) to this tilt against the 11-12 Highlanders, who are 7-13 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Cal Poly go 9-10-1 so far and the Highlanders go 8-12.

View UC Riverside vs Cal Poly Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Mustangs in this one, they're listed as 10-point favorites on the NCAAB betting menu for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Mustangs - Highlanders odds would favor the Mustangs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Cal Poly is rated No. 134 in the current Odds Shark poll, while UC Riverside is at No. 212. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 67-59 win for the Mustangs.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cal Poly's No. 264-ranked scoring average of 64 PPG, against a Highlanders defense rated No. 80 and allowing 63.1 PPG. The Mustangs FG% has averaged 42.9% to date this season, more than the Highlanders shooters have managed so far (41.3% per game).

Defensively, UC Riverside features the nation's No. 61-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.6 points per game. Cal Poly, meanwhile, comes in at No. 162 nationally in scoring at home.

UC Riverside was a 59-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against UC Davis. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. B.J. Shearry scored 17 points leading the Highlanders to a 59-54 victory over UC Davis at Student Center on Saturday.

In their last action, Cal Poly was a 69-66 loser on the road against CS Bakersfield. Chris Eversley scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Mustangs to a win (they lost 69-66 to CS Bakersfield at Rabobank Arena on Saturday).

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-4
Before playing Santa Barbara are 5-5
After playing UC Davis are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Cal Poly Mustangs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing UC Irvine are 4-6
After playing CS Bakersfield are 3-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Highlanders at Mustangs trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Cal Poly
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 6 games when playing on the road against Cal Poly
UC Riverside is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road
UC Riverside is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Cal Poly
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cal Poly's last 8 games when playing UC Riverside
Cal Poly is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against UC Riverside
Cal Poly is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Cal Poly is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games when playing UC Riverside

Next up:
UC Riverside at Santa Barbara, Saturday, February 11
Cal Poly home to UC Irvine, Saturday, February 11