UC Irvine vs. Hawaii - 3/14/15 Big West Championship Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hawaii Warriors (20-12) at UC Irvine
College Basketball: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:30 pm (Honda Center)
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The UC Irvine Anteaters and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors meet Saturday night in the Big West Championship.
The UC Irvine Anteaters look for one more win after beating UC Santa Barbara in overtime. On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 67.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Will Davis II is averaging 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while Mamadou Ndiaye is averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. Luke Nelson is dishing four assists and Alex Young is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The UC Irvine Anteaters have four players averaging at least 9.8 points, and they’re shooting 69.5 percent from the line and 39.7 percent from deep. Defensively, UC Irvine is allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in seven of its last eight games.
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The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors look for another win after upsetting UC Davis on Friday. On the season, Hawaii is averaging 73.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 68.5 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Aaron Valdes is averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while Stefan Jankovic is averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. Garrett Nevels is the third double-digit scorer and Isaac Fleming is dishing 2.1 assists. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors have five players averaging at least 8.9 points, and they’re shooting 69.3 percent from the line and 32.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Hawaii is allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in five of its last seven games.
UC Irvine is kind of lucky to even be in this position, while Hawaii is playing its best ball and is deeper offensively. Take the Warriors and the points.