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College basketball point spread favors 49ers in battle with Highlanders

UC Riverside HighlandersLong Beach State 49ers
10-19March 08, 2014, 07:00 | The Walter Pyramid13-16

Long Beach State will look to improve on its 13-16 record on Saturday when they host UC Riverside in NCAA basketball odds action at The Walter Pyramid.

The 49ers bring a 13-16 record (14-13 ATS) to this tilt against the 10-19 Highlanders, who are 14-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Long Beach State go 12-14-1 so far and the Highlanders go 14-12.

View UC Riverside Highlanders vs Long Beach State 49ers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the 49ers in this one found them listed as -10.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Highlanders was expected to move the line.

This game matches up the No. 36 (49ers) and the No. 292 (Highlanders) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

UC Riverside won its last outing, a 78-65 result against UC Davis on March 6. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. UC Riverside got 20 points from Chris Patton en route to a 78-65 victory over UC Davis on Thursday at Student Center.

Long Beach State lost its last outing, a 91-83 result against CS Northridge on March 6. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. The 49ers got 22 points from Tyler Lamb, but it was CS Northridge that prevailed in a 91-83 final on Thursday at The Matadome.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Long Beach State's No. 164-ranked scoring average of 69.62 PPG, against a Highlanders defense rated No. 176 and allowing 71.62 PPG. The 49ers FG% has averaged 42.75% to date this season, less than the Highlanders shooters have managed so far (43.86% per game).

A few Highlanders at 49ers trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of UC Riverside's last 9 games
UC Riverside is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
UC Riverside is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Long Beach State is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
Long Beach State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Long Beach State is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Long Beach State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home