UC Irvine Anteaters vs. Pacific Tigers - 11/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pacific Tigers (1-1) at UC Irvine Anteaters (1-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Bren Events Center)
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -4.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pacific Tigers head to the Bren Events Center to take on the UC-Irvine Anteaters.
The Pacific Tigers won their first game of the season by defeating the Green Bay Phoenix by a final score of 76-58. 4 different Tigers recorded double figures in the win while a pair also had a double double on the night. David Taylor led the Tigers with 17 points on 6 of 9 from the floor, including 3 of 6 from downtown and a pair of free throws. T.J Wallace followed behind with 16 points on 6 of 17 shooting, including a pair of 3s and 2 of 4 makes from the charity stripe. Both Sami Eleraky and Ray Bowles recorded a double-double with 10 points on 3 field goal makes. The main difference however is that Eleraky went 3 for 6 with 4 of 5 makes from the foul line with 10 rebounds while Bowles went a miserable 3 for 16, including missing all 6 of his attempts from downtown, while hitting only 4 of 9 free throws on the night. Bowles did his best to make up for it however by pulling down 11 rebounds. Jack Williams fell 2 points shy of joining the club with 8 points on 3 of 11 from the floor including a pair of 3-pointers but finished with a team-high 13 rebounds in the win. As a team, Pacific is scoring 78 points per game on 38.7% from the field, leaving the Tigers 301st out of 347 D-I programs. They are also shooting 32.1% from downtown, the only problem is they are an abysmal 58.9% from the foul line, leaving Pacific 319th out of 347 teams in that category.
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The UC-Irvine dropped a heartbreaker against the Cal Golden Bears by a final score of 75-65 after overtime to fall to 1-2 on the year. The saddest part for UC-Irvine is that they led for the majority of the game before the extra time, where Cal outscored Irvine 13-3 to kill off any hopes of an Anteater upset. Jaron Martin and Max Hazzard accounted for 60% of the Irvine scoring in the loss, with Martin putting in 10 of 21 attempts from the floor, including just 1 3-pointer on 7 tries and 5 of 8 from the foul line. Hazzard meanwhile, potted 5 of his 7 shots including 3 of 5 from downtown before fouling out with 13 points on the night. Ioannis Dimakopoulos fell just a bucket shy of joining the club, with 8 points on 3 of 8 from the floor including a pair of 3s, and Brandon Smith followed behind with 2 of 3 from the floor and 3 of 5 from the line for 7 points. After Smith, none of the other 6 Anteaters who saw the floor scored more than 4 points for Irvine. As a team, the Anteaters are scoring 64.7 points per game, near the bottom of the country, at 310th out of 347 teams. They are scoring them on 39.8% from the field, and 31% from 3-point range while also making 71.1% of their free throw attempts.
Pacific is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 vs. the Big West. UC-Irvine is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 overall. Pacific is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Pacific may have their struggles shooting from the floor, but Irvine has problems scoring in general. Pacific has done well recently and will be eager to avenge their loss to the Anteaters from last season.
Give me Pacific and the points.