CS Fullerton Titans vs. UC Irvine Anteaters - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (8-8) at CS Fullerton Titans (8-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Titan Gym)
The Line: CS Fullerton Titans +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Titan Gym and the Cal State Fullerton Titans welcome Big West foe the UC Irvine Anteaters to town.
The UC Irvine Anteaters have competitive scoring and defense yet are still 8-8 because they don't win on the road. The Anteaters have been a bit inconsistent as well with some good wins and defeats that leave you scratching your head. There was no head scratching in Saturday's 69-55 victory against visiting UC Riverside as UCI led 29-17 after 20 minutes and never let Riverside cut in to the lead. The Highlanders were limited to 39.6% from the floor while Irvine seldom missed on 55% accuracy which meant seven more baskets. Jaron Martin tossed in a game high 16 points on 6-15 shooting with four bombs while Alex Young posted 14 points, six boards and five helpers. Mamadou Ndiaye and Travis Souza rounded out the top scorers with a combined 18 points.
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The Big West isn't a big power conference but when a team such as Cal State Fullerton scores and allows around 66 points it's tough to make an impact. Having said that the Titans appeared to be turning things around with five consecutive victories before the good times ended in an 84-78, overtime loss at UC Riverside. The Titans rallied from a 13 point deficit to send it to the extra session where Highlanders ripped off 17 points. UCR didn't set the world on fire on less then 42% but a 9-6 edge on threes and seven more makes at the stripe offset 47.6% shooting. Lanneryl Johnson poured in a game high 29 points on 11-18 from the field while Alex Harris tossed in 25 points and snared eight boards on 10-17 followed by an eight point, 14 rebound effort from Steve McClellan.
The Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Titans are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and are 16-39-1 ATS in their last 56 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Cal State Fullerton are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big West and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The numbers don't jump off the page in favor of either team team and Irvine is shorthanded but I'll still lay the points...