The No. 3 seed UC Riverside Highlanders (21-11, 14-6 Big West) will play in the Big West Tournament against the No. 6 seed UC Davis Aggies (18-13, 11-8 Big West). The teams will face off Thursday at 11:30 PM live on ESPN+.
UC Riverside is a modest 2.5-point favorite against UC Davis when the Highlanders take the court against the Aggies on Thursday. The point total for the matchup is 144.
UC Riverside vs. UC Davis Odds
Point Spread for UC Riverside vs. UC Davis
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with bookmakers listing UC Riverside as the favorite.
UC Riverside vs. UC Davis Moneyline
As for the moneyline, UC Riverside has -144 odds to pick up the win, while UC Davis is listed at +122 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 144 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
- Game Time: 11:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Henderson, Nevada
- Arena: Dollar Loan Center
UC Riverside vs. UC Davis Betting Trends
UC Riverside has played 31 games, with 17 wins against the spread. The Highlanders have been victorious in 12, or 70.6%, of the 17 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. UC Riverside’s games this year have gone over the total in 18 out of 29 opportunities (62.1%).
In UC Davis’ 29 games this season, it has 12 wins against the spread. The Aggies have won 16.7% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (2-10). UC Davis’ games this season have gone over the total in 16 of 29 opportunities (55.2%).
UC Riverside vs. UC Davis Key Players to Watch
Flynn Cameron puts up 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, shooting 42% from the floor and 40.4% from downtown with 2.4 made 3-pointers per game. Lachlan Olbrich paces the Highlanders at 6 rebounds per contest, while also posting 1.4 assists and 11.7 points. Jamal Hartwell II puts up 8.4 points, 1 rebounds and 1 assists per contest. Defensively, he puts up 0.5 steals and 0 blocked shots.
Elijah Pepper paces the Aggies in scoring (22.5 points per game), rebounding (6) and assists (3.5), shooting 45.1% from the floor and 33% from 3-point range with 2.3 triples per game. He also produces 1.6 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. The Aggies receive 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game from Ty Johnson. The Aggies get 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game from Christian Anigwe. The Aggies receive 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game from Kane Milling.
What you need to know about the UC Riverside Highlanders
UC Riverside’s Big West games have gone over the point total 11 out of 20 times this season. The Highlanders rank 168th in the nation with 72.1 points per game so far this season. At the other end, they rank 143rd with 69 points allowed per game. UC Riverside ranks 101st in the nation with 33 boards per game so far this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 37th with 28.4 rebounds allowed per contest.
UC Riverside ranks 74th in the nation with 8.3 threes per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 94th with a 35.8% shooting percentage from downtown. The Highlanders rank top-25 this year in three-pointers allowed, currently ninth-best in college basketball with 5.3 treys allowed per game. Meanwhile, they rank 183rd with a 33.8% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.
The Highlanders are 5-5 against the spread and 6-4 overall over their last 10 games. In its past 10 contests, UC Riverside has gone over the total five times. UC Riverside has been putting up 72 points per contest in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s slightly lower than the 72.1 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. UC Riverside’s defense has been more porous lately, as the team has given up 70.8 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 69 points per game its opponents are averaging this season.
What you need to know about the UC Davis Aggies
In UC Davis’ 19 chances this season in Big West play, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 11 times. The Aggies are 90th in the country in points scored (75.5 per game) and 214th in points allowed (71.2). UC Davis is 76th in the nation in rebounds per game (33.5) and 86th in rebounds conceded (29.5).
At 6.9 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 34.7% from beyond the arc, UC Davis is 232nd and 154th in college basketball, respectively, in those categories. Defensively, the Aggies are 66th in the nation in 3-pointers allowed per game at 6.3. They are 329th in 3-point percentage allowed at 36.5%.
The Aggies have gone 5-5 over their past 10 games, with a 4-6 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 games, UC Davis has hit the over five times. While UC Davis is posting 75.5 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that in its past 10 games, amassing 74.8 points per contest. The Aggies are ceding 73.3 points per game in their previous 10 games, compared to their season average of 71.2 points allowed.
UC Riverside vs. UC Davis Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this game is UC Riverside, and we project that UC Davis will cover the spread (UC Riverside -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 144 points.
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