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UC Irvine Anteaters vs. Long Beach State 49ers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/6/14

Long Beach State 49ers (9-12) at UC Irvine Anteaters (14-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Bren Events Center)

The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Prime Ticket

The UC Irvine Anteaters match up with the Long Beach State 49ers in a Big West tilt Thursday.

Long Beach has been known for playing a tough non conference schedule to prepare them for battle in the Big West. It's been so far, so good with the 49ers winning four in a row capped off by a strong performance at both ends of the floor in a 75-56 rout of Fullerton. LBSU was up 12 heading to the locker room but never took their foot off the gas with the Titans limited to 31% from the field. The home team connected at 55% with scoring throughout the lineup Mike Caffey led the offense with 23 points, seven boards and five assists with Tyler Lamb netting 18.

UC Irvine Anteaters vs. Long Beach State 49ers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/6/14

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UC Irvine shares first place in the Big West with Santa Barbra and Long Beach with each standing at 5-2 so the room for error doesn't exist. The Anteaters rebounded from back to defeats by knocking off Cal Poly 64-50 on the road. UCI opened up an eleven point lead with 48% shooting leading the way. With a 7-16 performance from long range that was too much firepower for the Mustangs to contend with on their 30% from the floor. Luke Nelson paced a trio of double digit scorers with 15 points and five yanks with Alex Young right on his heels on 14 points and five helpers followed by Mike Best who contributed ten points.

UC Irvine has generally done well in this match up so my first inclination is to lay the points. I'm just not thrilled doing that as a dog player so I would take the points or walk away...

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