UC Riverside Highlanders at Pacific Tigers ATS Prediction

Victor TrejosBasketball, College Basketball

The Pacific Tigers (3-2) will be at home in the Spanos Center when they square off with the UC Riverside Highlanders (1-3). Action begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

UC Riverside Highlanders at Pacific Tigers ATS Odds

In their last game, the Tigers got blown out by the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, 96-70, while the Highlanders beat the California Merced Bobcats, 63-53.

UC Riverside played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 40.7 (above their season average of 20.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.583 (above their season average of 0.493). For those same stats, California Merced was 24.2 and 0.417, respectively. Pacific, meanwhile, did an excellent job of making free throws (17-24; 70.8 percent). Anthony Townes fueled Pacific with 12 points. UC Riverside, meanwhile, rallied around Jordan Gilliam, who recorded 13 points and six rebounds.

The Tigers won the sole game between these two teams last season, 57-55. Pacific’s effective field goal percentage was its biggest advantage over UC Riverside. The Tigers had a rate of 0.462 while the Highlanders posted a mark of 0.385.

The physical Pacific offense could be living from the charity stripe in this battle. Since last season, the Tigers rank 22nd in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.293, while UC Riverside has been among the nation’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 250th-ranked FTA rate of 0.257). ,

UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Pacific Tigers Free Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Pacific, ATS Winner – Pacific, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Pacific ranks 46th in rebounds allowed per game (32.4) while UC Riverside ranks 284th (37.9).
  • The Highlanders rank 260th in three pointers attempted per game (19.7) while the Tigers rank 334th (15.1).
  • Pacific averages 3.6 blocks per game, which ranks 126th in the NCAA. UC Riverside ranks 138th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
  • The Tigers rank 32nd in steals allowed per game (5.2) while the Highlanders rank 225th (6.9).
  • UC Riverside ranks 155th in assists allowed per game (13.2) while Pacific ranks 240th (14.4).