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UC Irvine vs. Long Beach State - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Long Beach State 49ers (6-10) at UC Irvine Anteaters (7-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Bren Events Center)

The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports

The Long Beach State 49ers and UC Irvine Anteaters play Thursday night at the Bren Events Center.

The Long Beach State 49ers have lost six of their last seven games and play their 10th true road game. On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 65.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 72.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Mike Caffey is averaging 16.4 points and 3.6 assists while Tyler Lamb is averaging 9.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. David Samuels is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Branford Jones is shooting 47.3 percent from the field. The Long Beach State 49ers lack scoring depth, as they have just one player averaging double-digit points and are shooting 65 percent from the free throw line and 37.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Long Beach State is forcing 13.4 turnovers and has allowed 66 or less points in five of its last eight games.

UC Irvine vs. Long Beach State - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC Irvine Anteaters have split their last 10 games and play their first home game in 2015. On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 66.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 65.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Mamadou Ndiaye is averaging 12 points and 4.2 rebounds while Luke Nelson is averaging 11.1 points and 3.6 assists. Alex Young is dishing out 3.9 assists and Will Davis II is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The UC Irvine Anteaters are a quality offensive team with seven players averaging at least 5.8 points while they’re shooting 69 percent from the free throw line and 37.7 percent from downtown. Defensively, UC Irvine is forcing 13.2 turnovers per game and has allowed 63 or less points in four of its last eight games.

The 49ers are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Anteaters are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. The 49ers are 4-9-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings.

Long Beach State used to be a team that could make you a lot of money. While the 49ers are still great ATS on the road, this chalk is low enough to back the home team. Long Beach State is really struggling as of late. 

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UC Irvine Anteaters -4

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