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UC Riverside Highlanders vs Cal Poly Mustangs 1/23/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

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It’s Big West Conference action this Thursday, January 23 as the UC Riverside Highlanders host the Cal Poly Mustangs at the university’s Student Recreation Center in California. UC Riverside are looking to end a two-game losing streak while Cal Poly wants to get back to their winning ways following a heartbreaking loss last Thursday. The Highlanders are currently fifth in the conference with a record of 2-2 and 12-8 overall. On the other hand, the Mustangs are just 1-2 in the conference and an even worse overall record of 4-12. 

UC Riverside suffered their second straight loss last Saturday when they were manhandled by the conference-leading UC Irvine Anteaters, 69-53. In their defeat, G Dikymbe Martin was the only one in double figures with 10 points off the bench. The starters combined for just 37 points and none of them reached double digits in scoring. But despite the losing streak, the Highlanders are looking for their fourth win in six games. 

The Highlanders struggled in their last game, scoring just a total of 53 points, which is way off their season average of 65.1 points per game. They are also shooting 43.1% from the field, 34.2% from threes and 67.5% from the free throw line this season. Despite their struggles on the offensive side, they are playing great on defense with an average of 60.9 points allowed per game. UC Riverside are 8-2 at home this season, 8-8-1 ATS, and 8-2 SU in their last 10 contests. 

UC Riverside Highlanders vs Cal Poly Mustangs Predictions 1/23/2020

On the other hand, Cal Poly are looking to get back on the winning column, as well as win their third in five games. The Mustangs have struggled to get wins this season but they have been playing better lately. In their close 65-61 defeat to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors last Thursday, G Colby Rogers came off the bench and lead the team in scoring with 18 points. F Kyle Colvin added 11 points and eight rebounds while also playing off the bench. 

For the season, the Mustangs have the worst overall record in the Big West. It is because they are only scoring 63.1 points per game while allowing 70.9 points. They are also just shooting 41.8% from the field, 33.7% from beyond the arc and 67.0% in the charity stripe. Cal Poly are winless in their eight road games this season while also being 8-7 ATS. In their last 20 games, the Mustangs are just 4-16 SU. 

UC Riverside Highlanders vs Cal Poly Mustangs. The NCAA-B Men’s Pick for this match is the UC Riverside Highlanders -8.5. UC Riverside is the better overall team compared to Cal Poly as they score and defend better. Despite the momentum of the Mustangs, the Highlanders are just too strong and too good at home to not get the victory. There is a reason by UC Riverside have four wins at home and Cal Poly are winless away. Prediction is an easy 65-58 victory for the Highlanders at home. 

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UC Riverside Highlanders vs Cal Poly Mustangs 1/23/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAA-BB Men’s Starting Time: 10:00 PM- EST

Location: UCR Student Recreation Center, Riverside, California

Date: January 23, 2020

Live: ESPN3

NCAAB Odds: UC Riverside Highlanders -8.5

Total Odds: 122

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