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UC Irvine vs. Nevada - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nevada Wolf Pack (7-0) at UC Irvine Anteaters (4-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Bren Events Center)

The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters +11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have a non-conference college basketball tilt on Saturday night, as the Nevada Wolf Pack face off against the UC-Irvine Anteaters.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will try to remain unbeaten after starting the year 7-0 with a 98-68 blowout of Illinois State last time out. Caleb Martin led the team with 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 6 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds in addition to 4 assists. Jordan Caroline came 2nd with 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting with 5 rebounds, while Kendall Stephens came right behind with 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 5 threes. Cody Martin added 11 points with 6 rebounds, a team-high 7 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks to round out the scoring in double figures for the Pack in the win. Josh Hall added 6 points with 7 rebounds, while Lindsey Drew added 5 points to match his 5 assists. Caleb Martin leads Nevada in scoring with 19.6 points per game, while Caroline is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.6 boards per game and Drew is the team’s leading assist man with 4.9 dimes per game this season. As a team, Nevada is scoring 86.3 points per game on 50.5% shooting from the field, 42.8% from behind the arc and 74.9% from the foul line this season.

UC Irvine vs. Nevada - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC-Irvine Anteaters will look to pull off an upset on their home floor to get back to .500 after improving to 4-5 with a 112-65 win over subdivision Whittier in their last outing. Evan Leonard and Tommy Rutherford tied for the team-high with 16 points apiece, each hitting 7 field goals with Leonard added a pair of threes. Eyassu Worku came next with 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes along with 5 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists, while John Edgar Jr. added 12 points and Darrian Traylor and Justin Wertner each added 11 points apiece. Elston Jones chipped in 3 points with a game-high 11 rebounds in the winning effort for the Anteaters. Leonard is the team’s leading scorer with 10.9 points per game, while Jonathan Galloway is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.1 rebounds per game and Worku leads the team with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, UC-Irvine is scoring 76.6 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the arc and 65% from the foul line this season.

Nevada is 45-16-2 ATS in their last 63 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 games following a win. UC-Irvine is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 10-4 in their last 14 home games.

I’m not about to go all crazy with Irvine, as a win over a subdivision team doesn’t give me much to go on. However, going from a subdivision team like Whittier, to a team as powerful as Nevada is not the kind of jump in competition that instills much confidence in the Anteaters. Nevada is covering left and right, including a 7-0 record ATS to match their straight up record this season, including 3-0 ATS on the road. Irvine is having trouble covering any number in general, favorite or underdog, and I think Nevada adds to their misery with a blowout win on the road here.

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