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UC Riverside Highlanders vs Long Beach State 49ers Preview

Long Beach State 49ersUC Riverside Highlanders
9-13February 08, 2014, 10:00 | Student Center8-14

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Student Center Saturday as host UC Riverside looks to handle the Long Beach State 49ers in NCAA hoops action.

The 49ers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 11-9 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Highlanders are 11-8 ATS. Long Beach State is 8-11-1 against the total, while UC Riverside is 10-8 versus the number.

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

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the 49ers were listed as -3.5-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Highlanders sit at No. 295 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the 49ers sit at No. 61 on the same chart.

Last time out for Long Beach State, they were a 61-58 loser as they battled UC Irvine on the road. They covered in the match as a 6-point underdog. The 49ers endured a 61-58 loss at the hands of the Anteaters on Thursday, despite a 14-point effort from Dan Jennings at Bren Events Center.

UC Riverside was a 72-69 winner in their most recent outing at home against CS Fullerton. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Highlanders grabbed a 72-69 win over the Titans on Thursday, behind a 13-point effort from Taylor Johns at Student Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and 49ers is ranked No. 72 in NCAA hoops at 37.05 per game. Contrast that with UC Riverside’s No. 190 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, UC Riverside is the No. 243-ranked team in the country at 4.45 per game, while Long Beach State rates No. 184 at 5.45 per game.

A few 49ers at Highlanders trends to consider:
Long Beach State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Long Beach State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Long Beach State's last 6 games
Long Beach State is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
UC Riverside is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
UC Riverside is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 6 games
UC Riverside is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Long Beach State

Next up:
Long Beach State home to Santa Barbara, Thursday, February 13th
UC Riverside at Hawaii, Thursday, February 13th