UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Portland State Vikings ATS Prediction

Jose VasquezArticles, Basketball, College Basketball

The Portland State Vikings (0-1) get their home schedule started at Peter W Stott Center against the UC Riverside Highlanders (0-1). The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

UC Riverside Highlanders at Portland State Vikings Betting Odds

Both teams were beaten in their last matchup. The Vikings got blown out by the 14th-ranked Oregon Ducks, 84-57, while the Highlanders were beaten by the Oregon State Beavers, 72-59.

UC Riverside did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (7-8; 87.5 percent) while Portland State had a much better turnover percentage (12.1 vs. 17.8). Jamie Orme had a good outing for Portland State, putting up 11 points and five rebounds. UC Riverside, meanwhile, was lifted by Dikymbe Martin, who had 20 points.

The Vikings won the lone contest between these two teams last year, 94-82. Portland State out-rebounded UC Riverside. The Vikings had 23 offensive rebounds and 52 total rebounds, while the Highlanders had nine and 37, respectively.

Portland State could dominate the offensive glass in this battle. The Vikings rank 14th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.5 percent), while UC Riverside ranks 300th in defensive rebounding percentage (68.6 percent) dating back to the 2017-18 season. It could also be a mistake-prone game for the offense of the Highlanders, which ranks 267th in ball security (turnover percentage of 19.8 percent). They’ll be going up against the stingy defense of the Vikings, which has forced the fifth-most turnovers in the country (23.6 percent).

UC Riverside at Portland State ATS Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Portland State, ATS Winner – Portland State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Portland State ranks 41st in rebounds per game (38.5) while UC Riverside ranks 291st in rebounds allowed per game (38.4).
  • The Vikings rank 36th in assists per game (15.9) while the Highlanders rank 228th (12.5).
  • UC Riverside ranks 172nd in blocks per game (3.0) while Portland State ranks 220th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
  • The Vikings rank 32nd in three pointers attempted per game (26.2) while the Highlanders rank 252nd (19.4).
  • Portland State averages 9.7 steals per game, which ranks fourth in the NCAA. UC Riverside ranks 199th in steals allowed per game (6.7).