Fresno State vs. UC Irvine - 12/3/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (3-2) at Fresno State Bulldogs (1-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Save Mart Center)
The Line: Fresno State Bulldogs +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UC Irvine Anteaters and Fresno State Bulldogs play Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center.
The UC Irvine Anteaters have split their last four games and will play their fourth straight true road game. On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 67.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 40 percent shooting. Luke Nelson leads UC Irvine with 12.2 points and five assists while Mamadou Ndiaye is averaging 12 points on 69.4 percent shooting. Will Davis II is grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game and Alex Young is the third player to average double-digit points. The UC Irvine Anteaters are a solid offensive team that’s averaging 16 assists per game and is shooting 73.5 percent from the free throw line and 39.2 percent from beyond the arc. The main concern with UC Irvine are the 34.6 rebounds its averaging per game, a number that has to improve.
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The Fresno State Bulldogs have lost five straight games and could use a feel good win here. On the season, Fresno State is averaging 58.5 points on 39.7 percent shooting and is allowing 68.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs with 16.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while Julien Lewis is averaging 14 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Karachi Edo is shooting 60.6 percent from the field and Paul Watson is grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game. The Fresno State Bulldogs are getting nothing done on the offensive end, shooting just 22.9 percent from beyond the arc and having just four players averaging more than three points per game. Fresno State’s defense has held five of its last six opponents to less than 70 points but it’ll be a long season until the offense makes progress.
The Anteaters are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Mountain West and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS win. The Bulldogs are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big West and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
The UC Irvine Anteaters are a team to watch this season, as they're playing solid basketball at both ends of the court. But Fresno State is a better team than what it has shown and is playing at home. I don't know if the Bulldogs can win, but I give them slightly more credit than what the oddmakers are giving them.