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NCAA hoops odds preview - Pacific vs. UC Riverside

Pacific TigersUC Riverside Highlanders
March 2, 8:00 PM | Student Center

Pacific Tigers vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds

16-12TEAM RECORD6-22

The UC Riverside Highlanders host Pacific on Saturday, looking to build on their 6-22 mark against the 16-12 Tigers in college hoops action at Student Center.

The Tigers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 12-11-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Highlanders are 9-16-1 ATS. Pacific is 12-12 on the totals; UC Riverside is 10-11.

View Pacific vs UC Riverside Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Highlanders installed as 7.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Highlanders sit at No. 291 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Tigers sit at No. 181 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Tigers will win this game 68-57.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Tigers rank No. 277 in NCAA Division 1 with 32.2 per game. That compares with UC Riverside’s No. 139 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where UC Riverside is college basketball's No. 316-ranked team at 4.6 per game, while the Tigers rate No. 141 with 6.4 per game.

Defensively, Pacific features the nation's No. 130-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.5 points per game. UC Riverside, meanwhile, comes in at No. 312 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Pacific, they were a 64-55 winner as they battled CS Fullerton on the road. They covered in the match as a 2-point favorite. The Tigers got 19 points from Travis Fulton as Pacific ran past CS Fullerton 64-55 on Thursday at Titan Gym.

In their last action, UC Riverside was a 59-52 loser at home against UC Davis. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. The Highlanders endured a 59-52 loss at the hands of the Aggies on Thursday, despite a 14-point effort from Chris Patton at Student Center.

Pacific Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing UC Irvine are 8-2
After playing CS Fullerton are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Cal Poly are 5-5
After playing UC Davis are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Tigers at Highlanders trends to consider:
Pacific is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against UC Riverside
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pacific's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pacific's last 6 games when playing on the road against UC Riverside
Pacific is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UC Riverside's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 6 games when playing at home against Pacific
UC Riverside is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games when playing Pacific
UC Riverside is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games

Next up:
Pacific home to UC Irvine, Thursday, March 7
UC Riverside at Cal Poly, Thursday, March 7