UC Riverside vs. UC Davis - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside vs. UC Davis - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

UC Davis Aggies (14-17) at UC Riverside Highlanders (16-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Student Recreation Center)

The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders -3 -- Over/Under: 130.5

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The UC Davis Aggies will travel to SRC Arena to take on the UC Riverside Highlanders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The UC Davis Aggies dropped to 14-17 (8-7Big West) on the season after being defeated by the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors, 67-65, this past Thursday. UC Davis held a 62-49 lead with just 4:42 left in regulation, however, the Aggies fell apart defensively down the stretch and allowed Hawai’i to get the come from behind victory after the Rainbow Warriors took the lead for good on a Samuta Avea three-pointer with just :03 seconds left in regulation. UC Davis shot 47.3% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Aggies was Ezra Manjon who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

On the season, UC Davis is averaging 73.2 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 39.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Davis has been led by Joe Mooney (12.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), Ezra Manjon (12.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.1 apg), and Elijah Pepper (8.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, UC Davis is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The UC Riverside Highlanders improved to 16-15 (6-9 Big West) on the season after defeating the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors, 49-43, this past Saturday. UC Riverside was outstanding defensively against Hawai’i and pulled away late after taking a 45-40 lead with 1:57 left in regulation. UC Riverside shot 38.8% from the field while holding Hawai’i to just 32.0% shooting from the field and 15.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Highlanders was Callum McRae who had a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, UC Riverside is averaging 64.3 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Highlanders have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of -2.3.

The Aggies are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. UC Riverside. The Highlanders are 7-5 ATS at home on the season and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. Offensively, UC Riverside has been led by Arinze Chidom (11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), Callum McRae (9.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 bpg), and Dominick Pickett (7.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 apg).

UC Davis comes into this game ranked 115th in scoring offense, 46th in FG%, and 240th in scoring defense.

UC Riverside comes into this match-up ranked 32nd in scoring offense, 52nd in FG%, and 8th in scoring defense.

UC Davis will have to try to bounce back after a tough loss against Hawai’i, however, it’s going to be a tough task against a UC Riverside team that is 10-5 at home on the season and come in with one of the best scoring defenses in the country. UC Riverside was able to take care of business against UC Davis earlier this season with a 6-point road victory and as I think their defense will be able to limit the damage done by the Aggies offense, I’m taking UC Riverside to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick UC Riverside Highlanders -3

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