UC Irvine Anteaters vs. UC Davis Aggies - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Davis Aggies (5-8) at UC Irvine Anteaters (11-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Bren Events Center)
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UC Davis Aggies open the Big West slate with a trip to face the UC Irvine Anteaters.
The UC Davis Aggies won the Big West regular season crown a year ago but this season doesn’t look as promising with some key talent gone. The Aggies had dropped six in a row before throttling sub division Holy Names in preparation for the conference opener. UCD opened up a 23 point lead by the half and never looked back as the Hawks were limited to less then 33% from the floor while the Aggies fired away at nearly 56% despite a 1-12 effort on threes and 13-26 at the line. UC Davis received a game high 20 points and eight boards from Neal Monson with Siler Schneider tossing in 18. Lawrence White added 14 points and five yanks while Georgi Funtarov scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds.
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The UC Irvine Anteaters were labeled as one of the favorites in the Big West and now have to go out and prove it. The Anteaters come off a 54-52 win versus New Mexico State as a 6.5 point favorite and have won four of five overall. The Aggies had a slight 41.5%-39% shooting edge which amounted to an extra basket while UCI owned an 8-1 advantage at the charity stripe. Alex Young was the Anteaters only double digit scorer with 17 points and five yanks on 7-14from the field. Mamadou Ndiaye scored seven points and snagged six boards while six players added between 4-6 points.
The under is 35-15-1 in UC Davis last 51 road games. The under is 21-5-1 in UC Irvine last 27 home games and UC Irvine are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 29-10-1 in their last 40 vs. Big West. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. I would really like to see these teams play a few conference games but I don’t have the luxury…