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UC Riverside Highlanders vs. UC Irvine Anteaters - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Irvine Anteaters (23-8) at UC Riverside Highlanders (14-17)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Student Center)

The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The UC Irvine Anteaters will travel to play the UC Riverside Highlanders in a Big West game on Saturday.

The UC Riverside Highlanders are 14-17 (5-10) and are coming off of a loss to UC Santa Barbara by a score of 81-55. UC Riverside has lost 6 of their last 7 games and is currently tied for 5th in the Big West standings. UC Riverside is averaging 69.6 points per game while giving up 69.1 points per game. UC Riverside is also averaging 35.5 rebounds per game and 12.3 assists per game. Jaylen Bland is averaging 15.9 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game for UC Riverside. Secean Johnson is averaging 12 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Highlanders. UC Riverside is shooting 70.3% on free throws, 34.9% on three-pointers, and 43.2% on all field goal attempts.

UC Riverside Highlanders vs. UC Irvine Anteaters - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC Irvine Anteaters are 23-8 (12-3) and are coming off of a win against Cal Poly by a score of 72-62. UC Irvine has won 3 games in a row and is currently 2nd in the Big West standings. UC Irvine defeated UC Riverside by a score of 84-68 in these two teams first meeting of the season. UC Irvine is averaging 70.5 points per game while giving up 65.6 points per game. UC Irvine is also averaging 36.5 rebounds per game and 15.4 assists per game. Luke Nelson is averaging 13.2 points per game and 4.2 assists per game for UC Irvine. Mamadou Ndiaye is averaging 12.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Anteaters. UC Irvine is shooting 67.8% on free throws, 36.5% on three-pointers, and 46% on all field goal attempts.

UC Irvine is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. UC Irvine is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The over is 8-2 in UC Irvine’s last 10 road games against a team with a losing home record. UC Riverside is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games. UC Riverside is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The under is 3-1-1 in UC Riverside’s last 5 home games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.

UC Irvine has had a very good season, but will be on the road for this game. These teams are similar in points scored and points against, while UC Irvine has the slight advantage in rebounding. I like UC Irvine on the road here. 

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