Hawaii guard Noel Coleman (4) shoots over the Vanderbilt defense in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
- The UC San Diego Tritons make their debut in Big West Conference play as they visit the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors as betting underdogs
- The Tritons ride a two-game road losing streak, while the Rainbow Warriors aims to improve their conference record to 3-0
- Read on for all the odds and trends ahead of Saturday night’s matchup at SimpliFI Arena at Stan Sheriff Center
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors aim to remain undefeated in 2022 when they play host to the slumping UC San Diego Tritons in Big West Conference action.
Tip-off is set for 12am ET on Saturday night at SimpliFI Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.
UC San Diego vs Hawaii Odds
|UC San Diego Tritons||+6 (-110)||Ov 140.5 (-110)||+235|
|Hawaii Rainbow Warriors||-6 (-110)||Un 140.5 (-110)||-295|
*Odds at FanDuel as of January 15, 2022.
The Rainbow Warriors get set to hit the hardwood as 6-point home favorites, and the total is listed at a lofty 140.5. Hawaii as also pegged as heavy -295 chalk on the moneyline as they or a third straight win, while the Tritons lag as +235 underdogs as they look to avoid a third straight defeat.
Tritons vs Rainbow Warriors Betting Trends
Saturday night’s matchup marks the first ever meeting between these newly minted conference rivals. The Rainbow Warriors return to action sporting an unblemished 2-0 straight up record in conference play after knocking off UC Irvine 72-56 on Thursday night.
Hawaii’s two conference victories have also come while pegged as betting underdogs. However, consistency remains a concern for the Rainbow Warriors, who have yet to win three in a row so far this season. Hawaii also sports sport a middling 2-3 SU record when facing Division I opponents on home court.
The Tritons ride a two-game SU and ATS losing streak as they get set to play their first ever conference game since joining the Big West in 2020. The club is coming off back-to-back road losses to UC Riverside and UC Davis, extending their current road losing streak to seven games. They have have also failed to cover during their current road swoon.
UC San Diego Tritons Outlook
UC San Diego kept things close before recess in each of their past two outings. The Tritons took a two-point lead into halftime in last weekend’s road date with UC Davis, but quickly faded in the second half on their way to a 78-71 loss. They also trailed by just a single point at the half in their date with UC Riverside two days earlier, but came out flat after the break in a 59-51 loss.
🏀 Final Score 🏀
UC Davis Aggies 78 – 71 UC San Diego Tritons
— LineStar CBB (@LineStarCBB) January 24, 2021
Overall, the Tritons have averaged just 58 points per game during a seven-game road swoon. In addition to contributing to a steady 5-2 run for the UNDER over that stretch, the club has also faded in the KenPom ratings, where they sit at No. 237 overall and 232nd in adjusted offensive efficiency.
🇨🇭 Toni Ročak can be a real nightmare when he puts the ball on the floor. The 6-9 forward has led UC San Diego to a win over UCSB with a super efficient career performance, scoring 9 of 14 Tritons points in the OT.
34 PTS – 10/14 2P – 2/2 3P – 8/8 FT – 7 REB – 1 AST – 2 BLK pic.twitter.com/0MKAFMaEhe
— CBB Europe (@CBB_Europe) December 31, 2021
Big man Toni Rocak has averaged 15.5 points per game over his past six appearances. In addition to emerging as the team’s top scorer, Rocak has also led the squad in rebounds in four of six outings, and averaged 6.7 boards per game so far this season.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Outlook
The Rainbow Warriors are aiming to build on their biggest win of the season in Division I play as they get set to face UC San Diego for the first time. Hawaii faced little resistance while marching to an easy 72-56 victory over UC Irvine on Thursday night. That victory comes on the heels of the team’s 72-67 road win over Long Beach State as 2-point underdogs last weekend, and marked their third outright win as betting underdogs so far this season.
— ESPN Honolulu (@ESPNHonolulu) January 14, 2022
Things have not gone so well for the Rainbow Warriors while favored at the sportsbooks. The squad dropped a 76-69 decision to UIC as 3.5-point home chalk on Christmas Eve, and has covered just once in their past six overall as betting favorites.
🇧🇪 Noël Coleman catching fire: quite a sight
16 PTS & 5 AST in a big win by @HawaiiMBB over UC Irvine, scoring 3 of his 4 threes in the span of 3 minutes@noelcoleman1 is leading all European D1 scorers (18.2 PPG) and has been shooting 62.5 3P% in his last 5 games (25-for-40) pic.twitter.com/RgsKfrD40A
— CBB Europe (@CBB_Europe) January 14, 2022
Limited to just five game appearances this season, Bernardo da Silva showed no signs of rust in Thursday’s win over the Anteaters, scoring 16 points and adding 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Noel Coleman has also averaged 22.8 points per game while cracking double digits in five straight outings.
Tritons vs Rainbow Warriors Prediction
While the Tritons are likely to be highly motivated to perform in their Big West Conference debut, overcoming their recent road woes represents a huge challenge. The team’s tendency to fade after recess does not bode well against a Rainbow Warriors squad that has won four straight conference contests on home court.
The Picks: Rainbow Warriors -6 (-110); UNDER 140.5 (-110)
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