UC Irvine Anteaters vs. Cal Poly Mustangs - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cal Poly Mustangs (10-19) at UC Irvine Anteaters (24-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cal Poly Mustangs will play the UC Irvine Anteaters in the first round of the Big West Tournament.
The UC Irvine Anteaters are 24-8 (13-3) and are the #2 seed in the Big West tournament. UC Irvine finished the regular season by winning their last 4 games and is coming off of a win against UC Riverside by a score of 76-66. UC Irvine swept Cal Poly in the regular season by scores of 78-72 and 72-62. UC Irvine is averaging 70.7 points per game while giving up 65.6 points per game. UC Irvine is also averaging 36.4 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game. Luke Nelson is averaging 13.3 points per game and 4.1 assists per game for UC Irvine. Mamadou Ndiaye is averaging 12.5 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game for the Anteaters. UC Irvine is shooting 67.9% on free throws, 36.4% on three-pointers, and 46.3% on all field goal attempts.
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The Cal Poly Mustangs are 10-19 (4-12) and are the #7 seed in the Big West tournament. Cal Poly finished the regular season by losing their last 4 games and is coming off of a loss to UC Santa Barbara by a score of 69-50. Cal Poly is averaging 72.7 points per game while giving up 74.9 points per game. Cal Poly is also averaging 36.7 rebounds per game and 14.2 assists per game. David Nwaba is averaging 12.7 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game for Cal Poly. Reese Morgan is averaging 11.2 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Mustangs. Cal Poly is shooting 68.3% on free throws, 34.2% on three-pointers, and 41.8% on all field goal attempts.
Cal Poly is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games. Cal Poly is 6-18 ATS in their last 24 games. The under is 4-1 in Cal Poly’s last 5 games. UC Irvine is 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games. UC Irvine is 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 Thursday games. The over is 5-2 in UC Irvine’s last 7 conference games. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.
UC Irvine is the better team in this matchup and should be able to win this game easily. UC Irvine is the better defensive team and is the better shooting team in this matchup. I like UC Irvine here.