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Arizona State Sun Devils vs. UC Irvine Anteaters Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/28/13

UC Irvine Anteaters (7-6) at Arizona State Sun Devils (10-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)

The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12

The Arizona State Sun Devils and the UC Irvine Anteaters face off on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Arizona State Sun Devils have won three games in a row as they look to build momentum heading into their Pac-12 schedule. ASU is a perfect 7-0 at home this season but overall they have played just the 225th ranked schedule. Jahil Carson is averaging 19.6 points and 5.8 assists to lead the Sun Devils. Jermaine Marshall is averaging 15.9 points, Jordan Bachynski is averaging 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds, and Jonathan Gilling is averaging 7.0 points. As a team Arizona State is averaging 79.8 points and they are shooting 49.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.1 points and their opponents are shooting 38.4 percent. ASU opens Pac-12 play on January 2nd against Washington.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. UC Irvine Anteaters Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/28/13

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The UC Irvine Anteaters have won two of their last three games but haven’t had much success against the Pac-12 so far this year. UC Irvine has played the 51st ranked schedule in the country and they are 4-3 on the road. Chris McNealy leads the Anteaters averaging 12.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Luke Nelson is averaging 12 points, Will Davis II is averaging 11.9 points and 7.0 rebounds, and Alex Young averages 9.6 points. UC Irvine is averaging 77.3 points and they are shooting 48.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 percent. UC Irvine’s schedule gets much easier when they begin Big West conference play.

Arizona State is 6-0 against the spread against the Big West, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 non-conference games. UC Irvine is 2-5 against the spread following a win, 1-5 against the spread following a game that they cover the point spread, and 7-15 against the spread in their last 22 road games against a team with a winning home record.

This is a big number for this one and I am going to take the points with the road team though I see ASU winning the game. 

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UC Irvine Anteaters +11

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