Hawaii vs UC Riverside Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

UC Riverside (13-16) vs Hawaii (16-13)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Student Recreation Center)

Betting Odds: UC Riverside -1.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will play the UC Riverside Highlanders in a Big West game on Saturday night at SRC Arena in Riverside, California. Hawaii has lost two of their last three games, while UC Riverside has won five of their last six. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Hawaii vs UC Riverside prediction.

Hawaii Preview

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are 16-13 (8-9) this year after they lost to UC Davis by a score of 75-63 in their last game. Hawaii trailed 38-32 at halftime and only scored 31 points in the second half in the loss. The Rainbow Warriors shot 51.1% from the field and had 16 turnovers in the game. Hawaii defeated Long Beach State by a score of 73-65 in the game prior to UC Davis, but lost to UCSB before that. The Rainbow Warriors are scoring 72.3 points per game with 33.8 rebounds per game and 12.3 assists per game, while allowing 69 points against per game this year. Noel Coleman is averaging 13.1 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. Hawaii is shooting 46.1% from the field, 70.9% on free throws, and 33.6% on three pointers this season.

UC Riverside Preview

The UC Riverside Highlanders are 13-16 (8-9) this season after they defeated Cal Poly by a score of 84-78 in their last game. UC Riverside led 34-29 at halftime and they scored 50 points in the second half for the win. The Highlanders shot 49.1% from the field and were +14 in rebounding margin in the game. UC Riverside lost to UC San Diego by a score of 77-65 in the game prior to Cal Poly, but did win the previous four games. The Highlanders are scoring 69.5 points per game with 37.2 rebounds per game and 13.2 assists per game, while giving up 71.4 points against per game this season. Isaiah Moses is averaging 12.4 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game. UC Riverside is shooting 39.3% from the field, 71.9% on free throws, and 31.1% on three pointers this year. 

Hawaii vs UC Riverside Betting Prediction

These two teams come into this game with the same conference record and they are tied for sixth in the Big West. UC Riverside will have the home court advantage and they have played very well over the last three weeks. The Highlanders are only shooting 39.3% from the field this season, but they have scored at least 81 points in three of their last five games. Hawaii is the better team when looking at most of the season stats, but they have had some struggles on the road. The Rainbow Warriors are shooting 46.1% from the field, but I can’t go against UC Riverside with how they have been playing. Take the Highlanders to get the win. 

David’s Pick UC Riverside ML

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