CS Northridge vs. UC Irvine - 1/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (16-5) at CS Northridge Matadors (7-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:00 pm (The Matadome)
The Line: CS Northridge Matadors +8.5 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The UC Irvine Anteaters will travel to the Matadome to take on the CS Northridge Matadors this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The UC Irvine Anteaters won their 6th straight game and improved to 16-5 (5-0 Big West) on the season after defeating the Cal State Fullerton Titans, 72-59, this past Wednesday. UC Irvine used a 20-7 run early in the 2nd half to take a 20-point in the contest and cruise to victory. UC Irvine shot 45.8% from the field and committed just 8 turnovers in the win. The Anteaters held the Titans to 22.2% (4-18) from beyond the arc and outrebounded Cal State Fullerton by a 42-29 margin. Leading the way for UC Irvine was Jaron Martin who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Anteaters have been led by Luke Nelson (12.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Mamadou Ndiaye (12.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.4 bpg), and Alex Young (8.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, UC Irvine is averaging 68.5 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field and 33.9 from beyond the arc. The Anteaters average 5.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.26. Defensively, UC Irvine is holding their opponents to an average of 63.0 ppg on 37.4% shooting. The Anteaters average 5.0 blocks per game and a rebound margin of 1.1.
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The CS Northridge Matadors dropped to 7-13 (2-4 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 74-61, this past Saturday. CS Northridge was outscored by UC Santa Barbara by a 43-29 margin in the 2nd half and couldn’t recover after the Gauchos went on a 14-0 run early in the 2nd half. CS Northridge shot 41.3% from the field and 35.3% (6-17) from beyond the arc. The Matadors allowed the Gauchos to shoot 47.5% from the field and was outrebounded by UC Santa Barbara by a 40-28 margin. Leading the way for CS Northridge was Kendall Smith who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Matadors have been led by Kendall Smith (17.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Micheal Warren (13.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Tavrion Dawson (10.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, CS Northridge is averaging 70.5 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field and 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Matadors average 4.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.03. Defensively, CS Northridge is allowing their opponents to average 74.1 ppg on 42.8% shooting. The Matadors average 6.0 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -1.6.
The Anteaters are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big West opponents and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss. The Matadors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record however, just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games.
UC Irvine has one of the best players in the Big West in Mamadou Ndiaye and has been getting it done on the defensive end as they rank 19th in scoring defense and 7th in defensive FG %. CS Northridge has had trouble on the boards and with turnovers throughout the season and I just don’t see the Matadors keeping this one close. Take UC Irvine to cover.