Denver visits UC Riverside
Denver (2-2) vs. UC Riverside (3-2)
Student Recreation Center, Riverside, California; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Denver and UC Riverside both look to put winning streaks together . Denver won 72-55 over Western Colorado on Saturday. UC Riverside is coming off a 76-44 win over Redlands on Thursday.
FEARLESS FRESHMEN: UC Riverside has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Callum McRae, George Willborn III, DJ McDonald and Dragan Elkaz have collectively accounted for 58 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 60 percent of all Highlanders points over the last five games.TERRIFIC TOWNSEND: Jase Townsend has connected on 33.3 percent of the 21 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 15 over the last three games. He’s also made 100 percent of his free throws this season.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Highlanders have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Pioneers. UC Riverside has an assist on 30 of 64 field goals (46.9 percent) across its previous three outings while Denver has assists on 36 of 80 field goals (45 percent) during its past three games.
STINGY DEFENSE: UC Riverside has held opposing teams to 52.4 points per game this season, the eighth-lowest figure among all Division I teams.