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