The Cal Poly Mustangs (4-12, 0-3 BigWst) welcome the UC Riverside Highlanders (7-13, 1-3 BigWst) to Robert A. Mott Gym. The Highlanders can put an end to a seven-game road losing streak. The game begins at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
UC Riverside Highlanders at Cal Poly Mustangs Betting Odds
In their last contest, the Mustangs lost to the UC Davis Aggies, 75-63, while the Highlanders were victorious over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 75-71.
UC Riverside’s effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Hawaii. The Highlanders had a rate of 0.657 (above their season average of 0.526), while the Rainbow Warriors posted a mark of 0.644. Cal Poly, meanwhile, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.500 vs. 0.557). Cal Poly received a boost from Mark Crowe, who contributed 16 points. Meanwhile, Dragan Elkaz was a key piece for UC Riverside with 25 points.
This was a highly competitive series last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. In the last game, the Highlanders won 72-63. The Highlanders’ 6.3 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Mustangs, who had a rate of 16.9. This will be the first game of the year between these two teams.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams clash. Cal Poly ranks 263rd in possessions per game (68.1) and UC Riverside is 346th (64.8).
UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Cal Poly Mustangs ATS Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Cal Poly, ATS Winner – UC Riverside, O/U – Under
- UC Riverside ranks 25th in rebounds allowed per game (31.1) while Cal Poly ranks 223rd (37.3).
- The Highlanders rank first in blocks allowed per game (1.4) while the Mustangs rank 72nd (3.1).
- UC Riverside ranks 48th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Cal Poly ranks 89th (6.1).
- The Highlanders rank 27th in three pointers allowed per game (18.8) while the Mustangs rank 121st (22.0).
- UC Riverside averages 13.9 assists per game, which ranks 117th in the country. Cal Poly ranks 205th in assists allowed per game (15.2).
- The Mustangs’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.0, down from 5.6 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Highlanders have scored an average of 79.0 points per game (11.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.6 points per game (0.7 above their season average).