Long Beach State 49ers vs. UC Irvine Anteaters - 3/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (25-8) vs. Long Beach State 49ers (19-13)
College Basketball: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:30 pm (Honda Center)
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The UC Irvine Anteaters will play the Long Beach State 49ers in the semi-finals of the Big West Tournament.
The Long Beach State 49ers are 19-13 (12-4) and are the #3 seed in the Big West tournament. Long Beach State is coming off of a win against UC Riverside by a score of 82-74 in their first game of the tournament. Long Beach State is averaging 73.9 points per game while giving up 72.6 points per game. Long Beach State is also averaging 35.7 rebounds per game and 15.1 assists per game. Nick Faust is averaging 17.1 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game for Long Beach State. Justin Bibbins is averaging 11.5 points per game and 4.9 assists per game for the 49ers. Long Beach State is shooting 67.1% on free throws, 37.2% on three-pointers, and 43.1% on all field goal attempts.
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The UC Irvine Anteaters are 25-8 (13-3) and are the #2 seed in the Big West tournament. UC Irvine is coming off of a win against Cal Poly by a score of 84-64 in their first game of the tournament. UC Irvine swept the season series with Long Beach State by scores of 58-54 and 90-67. 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. Mamdou 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.
UC Irvine comes into this game as the #2 seed and has had a very impressive season, including 2 wins against Long Beach State. UC Irvine has been very good on defense and will have the slight rebounding advantage in this game. Long Beach State has been solid this season, but I think UC Irvine will be too much for them here. I like UC Irvine in this game.