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UC Irvine vs. UC Riverside - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside Highlanders (9-8) at UC Irvine Anteaters (12-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Bren Events Center)

The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The UC Irvine Anteaters and the UC Riverside Highlanders face off on Saturday in Big West college basketball.

The UC Irvine Anteaters are 12-5 this season and they have won five of their last six games. UC Irvine is averaging 68.5 points and they are shooting 42.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.3 points and their opponents are shooting 38.7 percent. Mamadou Ndiaye leads the Anteaters averaging 12 points and 7.2 assists per game. Luke Nelson is averaging 11.8 points, Alex Young is averaging 9.2 points, and Mike Best is averaging 8.4 points. UC Irvine’s last two losses have come to Kansas and Oregon.

UC Irvine vs. UC Riverside - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC Riverside Highlanders are 9-8 this season and they have lost their last three games. UC Riverside is averaging 68.5 points per game and they are shooting 42.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Jaylen Bland leads the Highlanders averaging 16.4 points per game. Taylor Johns is averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds, Secean Johnson is averaging 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Gentrey Thomas is averaging 6.7 points. UC Riverside is 3-5 on the road this season.

UC Irvine is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven home games, 2-5-1 against the spread following a win, and 0-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. UC Riverside is 5-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games. The favorite has covered the point spread in five of the last six meetings of these two.

This one is a mismatch and I look for UC Irvine to have no problems here. 

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UC Irvine Anteaters -13

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