Cal State-Northridge vs. UC Riverside - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UC Riverside Highlanders (14-10) at Cal State-Northridge Matadors (9-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Matadome)
The Line: Cal State-Northridge Matadors -4 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UC Riverside Highlanders will travel to the Matadome to take on the CSU Northridge Matadors this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The UC Riverside Highlanders lost their most recent contest and dropped to 14-10 (4-4 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the CSU Fullerton Titans 61-48 this past Wednesday. UC Riverside was down 32-27 at the half and couldn’t find the offense to mount a comeback in the second half, where the Titans built a 50-39 lead with 8:58 left in regulation and coasted to the victory from there. The Highlanders shot 43.5% from the field, but only managed 21.4% shooting from the three-point line. Leading the way for UC Riverside was Callum McRae who had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.
On the season, UC Riverside is averaging 66.1 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Highlanders are also averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Riverside has been led by Arinze Chidom (11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Callum McRae (8.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, UC Riverside is holding their opponents to 61.5 points per game on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Highlanders have a rebound margin of 6.8 and a turnover margin of -2.6.
The CSU Northridge Matadors lost their last game and dropped to 9-15 (4-4 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors 80-75 this past Saturday. CSU Northridge led almost the entire game, taking a 41-32 lead into halftime. However, Hawai’i was able to mount a second half comeback, grabbing the lead in the final minute at 76-74 with only 40 seconds left in regulation. The Rainbow Warriors held on in the final seconds for the victory. The Matadors shot 52.7% from the field and 42.9% from the three-point line. Leading the way for CSU Northridge was Lamine Diane who had a double-double, netting 23 points and 11 rebounds to go along with an assist and a steal.
On the season, CSU Northridge is averaging 75.0 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Matadors are also averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, CSU Northridge has been led by Lamine Diane (27.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.5 bpg), Terrell Gomez (20.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Elijah Harkless (10.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.1 apg).
Defensively, CSU Northridge is allowing their opponents to average 78.8 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Matadors have a rebound margin of -4.0 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The Highlanders are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % below 400 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Matadors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
UC Riverside has split their last 10 games and come into this game ranked 297th in scoring offense, 149th in FG%, and T-20th in scoring defense.
CSU Northridge has won 6 of their last 10 games and come into this game ranked 83rd in scoring offense, 335th in scoring defense, and 317th in defensive FG%.
These teams play different styles of basketball but when it comes to talent and match-up, I think both UC Riverside and CSU Northridge are pretty evenly matched. CSU Northridge was able to pick up a 80-68 victory against UC Riverside earlier this season, however, between the fact that UC Riverside has won 2 of their last 3 road games and that the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings between these times, I’m going to take UC Riverside and the points. Good Luck!