Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Highlanders and Matadors. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Matadors at Premier America Credit Union in Northridge, CA. Get ready to place your bets! This Big West conference matchup has an over/under of 146 points, and CSUN is favored to win by -2.5 at home vs. UC Riverside.

UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS VS CSUN MATADORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: CSUN Matadors -2.5

This game will be played at Premier America Credit Union at 8:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE CSUN MATADORS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Matadors.
  • Not only will CSUN pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Highlanders Have What it Takes in Northridge?

On the season, UC Riverside has been much better at home than on the road. At home, they are 7-3 compared to 0-11 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +3.7, but on the road, it is -13.7. So far, they have been the underdog in 13 of their 22 games, and they have gone just 1-12 in those games.

Recently, the Highlanders have been on a two-game losing streak, and they are 8-14 overall. In Big West play, they are 3-7 compared to 5-7 in non-conference games. In their last game, they lost to Long Beach State by a score of 65-53.

On the season, UC Riverside is 10-11 against the spread. On the road, they are 4-7 vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Highlanders have gone 6-7 vs. the spread this year. Over their last three road games, UC Riverside is 1-2 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Highlanders have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record in UC Riverside games sits at 11-10. The average point total in their games is 137.5, which is lower than the average over/under line in their games (138.7). Today's over/under line of 146 is higher than the average scoring total in their last three games (130) and their last five games (129). Over their last 10 games, their OU record is 5-5.

Compared to their season average of 68 points per game, UC Riverside struggled in their previous game. Against Long Beach State, the Highlanders scored 53 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 31.2%. On offense, UC Riverside has been struggling with their efficiency, coming into today's game with a field goal percentgage of 38%. So far, they are 340th in free-throws made on a free throw shooting percentage of 69%.

On defense, UC Riverside is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.1 points per game. UC Riverside's three-point defense is currently 64th in the country at 6.1 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 44.1% of their shots vs. UC Riverside.

Does CSUN Stand a Chance at Home?

CSUN will look to snap a five-game losing streak when they host UC Riverside tonight. So far this season, the Matadors have gone 13-9, including a 4-6 record in Big West games. At home, CSUN has gone 5-3, compared to their 6-6 road record.

On the year, the Matadors have been favored in nine of their 22 games, going 6-3 in those contests. They come into tonight's game as 2.5-point favorites. In their last game, CSUN lost to California-San Diego by a score of 83-62.

As the favorite this season, CSUN has gone 6-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Matadors have a 7-3 ATS mark. At home, CSUN is 5-3 vs. the spread this year and they have gone 5-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.

On the season, the over/under record for CSUN is 8-12 and today's line of 146 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (149.1). Over their last three games, their average scoring total is 137 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-6.

The CSUN offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 62 points versus California-San Diego. During the game, they attempted 12 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 38.3%. The team's top scorer is De'Sean Allen-Eikens, who enters today's matchup with an average of 17.6, while Dionte Bostick also carries a PPG average of 14 into the game.

So far, the Matadors' defense is ranked 198th in the country at 73.2 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 8.3 threes per game vs. UC Riverside. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.8%.