Halftime Report

UC Riverside fell flat on their face against Cal-Baker. on Thursday, but memory of that harsh defeat doesn't seem to have tripped them up today. A victory is still up for grabs for either team after one quarter, but UC Riverside is up 31-28 over CSNorthridge. This contest is far closer than the pair's previous matchup, which was decided by 20 points.

UC Riverside has yet to find success away from home, so they have something to prove. Victory is within reach; will this be their lucky break?

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CSNorthridge Matadors @ UC Riverside Highlanders

Current Records: CSNorthridge 13-5, UC Riverside 7-12

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After two games on the road, UC Riverside is heading back home. The UC Riverside Highlanders and the CSNorthridge Matadors will face off in a Big West battle at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday at Student Recreation Center. Both of these teams will be coming in off a loss in a game they were expected to win.

It's hard to win when your shooting is a whole 23.4% worse than the opposition, a fact UC Riverside found out the hard way on Thursday. They found themselves the reluctant recipients of a 80-56 punch to the gut against the Roadrunners.

Meanwhile, there's no need to mince words: the Matadors lost to the Gauchos on Thursday, and the Matadors lost bad. The score wound up at 97-69. The result shouldn't come as a shock considering that's the fewest points CSNorthridge has scored all season.

The Highlanders' loss was their tenth straight on the road, which bumped their record down to 7-12. That rough patch could be blamed on the team's lackluster offensive performance across that stretch, as they only averaged 60.5 points per game. As for the Matadors, their defeat ended a six-game streak of wins at home and dropped them to 13-5.

This contest is one where the number of possessions is likely to be a big factor: UC Riverside have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 36.6 rebounds per game. However, it's not like CSNorthridge struggles in that department as they've been averaging 42 rebounds per game. Given these competing strengths, it'll be interesting to see how their clash plays out.

Going forward, UC Riverside is the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by three points. They might be worth a quick bet since they've covered the spread the last four times they've played CSNorthridge.

Odds

UC Riverside is a 3-point favorite against CSNorthridge, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Highlanders as a 3.5-point favorite.


The over/under is set at 152 points.

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Series History

UC Riverside has won 6 out of their last 10 games against CSNorthridge.

  • Feb 20, 2023 - UC Riverside 96 vs. CSNorthridge 76
  • Jan 07, 2023 - UC Riverside 68 vs. CSNorthridge 45
  • Feb 24, 2022 - UC Riverside 79 vs. CSNorthridge 57
  • Jan 22, 2022 - UC Riverside 77 vs. CSNorthridge 67
  • Mar 06, 2021 - UC Riverside 66 vs. CSNorthridge 65
  • Mar 05, 2021 - UC Riverside 72 vs. CSNorthridge 68
  • Feb 08, 2020 - CSNorthridge 61 vs. UC Riverside 59
  • Jan 16, 2020 - CSNorthridge 80 vs. UC Riverside 68
  • Feb 27, 2019 - CSNorthridge 70 vs. UC Riverside 68
  • Jan 09, 2019 - CSNorthridge 84 vs. UC Riverside 83