Arizona vs. UC Irvine - 11/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (2-0) at Arizona Wildcats (2-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (McKale Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Arizona Wildcats and the UC-Irvine Anteaters face off on Wednesday in college basketball action.
The Arizona Wildcats are off to a 2-0 start and they are ranked number two in the nation. Arizona opened their season with a win over Mount St. Mary’s and then followed it up with a 20-point win over Cal State Northridge. Arizona is averaging 82 points per game while shooting 55.7 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively their opponents average 61.5 points and shoot 40.4 percent. Brandon Ashley leads the Wildcats averaging 17 points per game, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Stanley Johnson is averaging 12.5 points. Arizona outrebounds heir opponents 33.5-23 led by Kaleb Tarczewski who averages seven rebounds per game. Arizona looks to be one of the top teams in the nation.
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The UC Irvine Anteaters are off to a 2-0 start to the season crushing Chapman in their season opener and then beating Pacific by 38. UC Irvine is averaging 68 points per game as they shoot 48 percent form the floor including 31.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc while their opponents average 50 points and shoot 34 percent from the floor. Luke Nelson leads the Anteaters in scoring averaging 12.5 points, John Ryan is averaging 12 points and 4.5 rebounds, and Alex Young is averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. UCI has won the rebounding battle 32-24 led by Will Davis II who averages 9.0 rebounds per game.
Arizona is 1-4 against the spread following a win, 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games. UC Irvine is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 5-11 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning home record.
I see Arizona as being one of the top teams in the nation but in this spot this just looks like too many points so my pay is UC Irvine.