Long Beach State vs. UC Irvine - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (13-5) at Long Beach State 49ers (8-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 10:30 pm (The Walter Pyramid)
The Line: Long Beach State 49ers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Prime Ticket
The Long Beach State 49ers and the UC Irvine Anteaters face off on Thursday in a Big West college basketball battle.
The Long Beach State 49ers are 8-9 this season and they have won their last two games since starting Big West play. LBSU is averaging 73.2 points and they are shooting 43.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 77.6 points and their opponents are shooting 47.6 percent. Nick Faust leads the 49ers averaging 16.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Travis Hammonds is averaging 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, Justin Bibbins is averaging 10.1 points and 5.7 assists, and Gabe Levin is averaging 9.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. LBSU appears to be one of the top teams in the Big West.
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The UC Irvine Anteaters are 13-5 this season and they have won six of their last seven games. UC Irvine is averaging 68.3 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.6 points and their opponents are shooting 38.6 percent. Luke Nelson leads the Anteaters averaging 12.7 points per game. Mamadou Ndiaye is averaging 12.0 points and 7.2 rebounds, Alex Young is averaging 9.2 points, and Mike Best is averaging 8.4 points. UC Irvine is 3-3 on the road this season.
Long Beach State is 8-1-2 against the spread in their last 11 games, 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 8-17 against the spread against the Big West. UC Irvine is 5-0 against the spread against the Big West, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 1-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The road team is 4-0-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.
I like Irvine’s defense better and I see them getting the win outright.