UC Riverside vs. Hawaii - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside vs. Hawaii - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (14-10) at UC Riverside Highlanders (14-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:00 pm (Student Recreation Center)

The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders -2 -- Over/Under: 128 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors will travel to SRC Arena in Riverside, CA to take on the UC Riverside Highlanders this Thursday in a Big West showdown, tipping off at 11:00PM ET.

The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors have dropped four straight games and now sit at 14-10 (5-5 Big West) after being defeated 70-63 by the UC Irvine Anteaters this past Saturday.  The Rainbow Warriors fought hard throughout finding themselves down 27-26 at the half. UC Irvine opened up a lead in the second however the Rainbow Warriors brought it back to within one point at 46-45 with 9:46 remaining in regulation.  In the end, the Anteaters proved to be too much as they pulled away again in the final minutes. Hawai’i shot 43.3% from the field and 33.3% from the three-point line. Drew Buggs led the way for the Rainbow Warriors with 17 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

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On the season, Hawai’i is averaging 70.0 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field.  The Rainbow Warriors are also netting 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc.  The offensive leaders for Hawai’i this season are Eddie Stansberry (16.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), Samuta Avea (10.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Drew Buggs (9.7 pgg, 4.5 rpg, 6.0 apg).

Defensively, Hawai’i is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field.  The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 5.4 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -0.8.

The UC Riverside Highlanders are also coming into this game on a four-game losing streak, dropping to 14-13 (4-7 Big West) after being defeated 65-63 in an overtime thriller by the Long Beach State 49ers this past Saturday.  The game was back & forth throughout ending in a 57-57 tie after regulation. The Highlanders tied it again at 63-63 with just 25 seconds left in the extra time however a bucket with 2 seconds left by the 49ers sealed the victory for them.  The UC Riverside shot 47.1% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc. Arinze Chidom led the way for the Highlanders with a double-double, getting 14 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and block.

On the season, UC Riverside is averaging 65.5 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field.  The Highlanders are also averaging 8.2 three-pointers on 35.2% shooting from the three-point line.  The offensive leaders for UC Riverside this season are Arinze Chidom (11.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Callum McRae (9.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.4 apg).

Defensively, UC Riverside is holding their opponents to an average of just 61.7 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field.  The Highlanders have a stellar rebound margin of 6.2 but a turnover margin of -2.6.

Hawai’i is 0-6 ATS in their last six games and 2-4 ATS on the road this season.  UC Riverside is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games at home.

Hawai’i ranks 70th in the country with 14.5 assists per game helping the Rainbow Warriors achieve a 105th rank with an assist/turnover ratio of 1.08.  UC Riverside has the 17th ranked scoring defense in the country and their rebound margin of 6.2 is good for 26th in the country.

While both of these teams have struggled of late, something’s got to give.  The Highlanders play tough at home and given the low number of the line, I’m going to ride the trends and take UC Riverside to cover at home.

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David’s Pick UC Riverside -2

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