UC Riverside vs. Cal Poly - 1/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside vs. Cal Poly - 1/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Cal Poly Mustangs (4-13) at UC Riverside Highlanders (12-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Student Recreation Center)

The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders -9.5 -- Over/Under: 120.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cal Poly Mustangs and the UC Riverside Highlanders meet in college basketball action from UC Riverside Student Recreation Center on Thursday. 

The Mustangs enter this one at 4-13 overall. Cal Poly is 2-2 in their last four games, beating Vanguard and CSUN while otherwise falling to UCSB and Hawaii during that stretch. 

In the loss to the Warriors, Cal Poly’s Colby Rogers led the team with 18 points, four rebounds and one assist. The only other Mustangs player in double-figures there was Kyle Colvin with 11 points and eight boards. 

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Over on the UC Riverside end, they’re 12-8 so far. After winning three straight versus SDCC, UC Davis and CSUF, the Highlanders have lost their last pair to CSUN and UC Irvine. 

In the loss to the Anteaters, UC Riverside’s only double-digit scorer was Dikymbe Martin with 10 points and one assist. Angus McWilliam and Dominick Pickett each scored nine points there, with a combined 12 rebounds. 

The Highlanders are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games versus a team with a losing road record and the under is 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The under is 7-1 in UC Riverside’s last eight Thursday games and 9-2 in their last 11 home games. 

Meanwhile, the Mustangs are 9-24-2 ATS in their last 35 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in the last five road games. Cal Poly is 17-41-4 ATS in their last 62 overall and the under is 6-2 in their last eight road games. 

Every so often this season, the Mustangs put up a pretty solid offensive outing (like 74 points versus CSUN), but for the most part they’re just not a big-scoring team—hence the record. In their last two losses, Cal Poly has posted a combined 106 points. 

That said, UC Riverside has been pretty bad offensively themselves lately with 68 or fewer points in each of their last four. That said, against comparable opponents the Highlanders are still pretty good defensively, so I’m going to stick with UC Riverside on the cover here. 

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