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NCAA hoops odds preview - UC Riverside vs. Air Force

UC Riverside HighlandersAir Force Falcons
3-4December 14, 2013, 04:00 | Clune Arena5-4

The Air Force Falcons hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the UC Riverside Highlanders pay a visit to Clune Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

This season, the Falcons are 5-4 overall and 2-3 ATS, while the Highlanders are 3-4 and 3-2 ATS. As for the totals, Air Force boasts a 2-1 on the OU, and UC Riverside is 2-2.

View UC Riverside Highlanders vs Air Force Falcons Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Falcons rated this week at No. 281 and the Highlanders sitting at No. 269.

UC Riverside won its last outing, a 92-77 result against Laverne on December 5. UC Riverside earned a 92-77 victory over Laverne on Thursday, getting 20 points from Chris Patton at Student Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Air Force's No. 134-ranked scoring average of 74.89 PPG, against a Highlanders defense rated No. 136 and allowing 70.14 PPG. The Falcons FG% has averaged 49% to date this season, more than the Highlanders shooters have managed so far (44.22% per game).

A few Highlanders at Falcons trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games
UC Riverside is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Air Force is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Air Force is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next up:
UC Riverside at Northern Colorado, Monday, December 16th
Air Force at UC Davis, Saturday, December 21st