Eastern Washington Eagles vs. UC Irvine Anteaters Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/15/13
UC Irvine Anteaters (5-5) at Eastern Washington Eagles (5-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm (Reese Court)
The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The UC Irvine Anteaters take to the road to face the Eastern Washington Eagles.
UC Irvine has dropped back to back contests to fall to 5-5 on the year and need a boost of confidence if nothing else. A 75-69 home loss to an average Pepperdine squad as a ten point favorite wasn't exactly what the doctor ordered. The Anteaters actually led by ten before a second half colapse with the final numbers close with the Waves sinking a few more baskets. Chris McNealy paced the scoring with 16 points with Luke Nelson and Alex Young netting 12 points each with Young snaring five boards and handing out eight helpers while Mamadou Ndiaye chipped in with ten points.
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A young Eastern Washington has not done too bad for themselves thus far even though they are not considered to be a threat in the Big Sky. TheEagles have been leaning heavily on their scoring thus far but they ran in to a buzzsaw named Saint Mary's last time out and it wasn't a pretty sight with the Gaels winning 93-65 in wire to wire style. SMC connected at almost 48% with across the board advantages in most areas as the final score suggests. While the Gaels had five players reach double digits in scoring the Anteaters had only two. Tyler Harvey led the UCI attack with 20 points with Drew Brandon checking in with 14 while Venky Jois added seven points and a game high eleven rebounds.
UC Irvine has beaten Eastern Washington by 23 a few weeks ago so the question is whether the Eagles have improved enough since to win this time around. I don't know if they have but I'm not paying to find out...