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Denver Pioneers vs. UC Irvine Anteaters Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/21/13

UC Irvine Anteaters (6-6) at Denver Pioneers (5-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm (Magness Arena)

The Line: Denver Pioneers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS 1

Magness Arena will be abuzz when their Denver Pioneers host the UC Irvine Anteaters.

UC Irvine is a team that generally needs to score to have success and when the offense can get past the 70 point plateau good things have happened. Having said that the team didn't fare well on either side of the floor in a 90-63 loss to a very good Oregon squad. UCI trailed by 19 at the half which was as close as they got with 40.7% shooting not enough with 19 turnovers giving the 48% shooting Ducks 13 more looks. Will Davis II pumped in a game high 20 points and snagged six boards followed by a 14 point effort from Chris McNealy while Luke Nelson tossed in 13 points with six yanks and five helpers. Overall the starting five scored all but three points.

Denver Pioneers vs. UC Irvine Anteaters Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/21/13

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Denver didn't look very good to kick off the 2013-14 campaign but perhaps things have turned around with the Pioneers winning three straight and five of six. DU was very impressive in their 90-62 shellacking of Belmont which wasn't even competitive with a 15 point lead after 20 minutes turning in to a full blown rout. The Bruins 42% from the field was no match for the home team's red hot 55.6% with 20 Belmont giveaways translating in to nine more field goals. Chris Udofia led all scorers with 21 points and six pulls with Brett Olson right on his heels with 19 points and seven assists. Jalen Love contributed 13 and Marcus Byrd eleven while Nate Engesser rounded out the top producers with nine points and five helpers.

I like the way Denver has looked as of late so that has me leaning to the chalk. The Pioneers can't let UC Irvine control the pace and score or they are in trouble...

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Denver -5.5

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