Utah State vs. UC Irvine - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (4-6) at Utah State Aggies (4-5)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
The Line: Utah State Aggies -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MWC Network
The UC Irvine Anteaters and Utah State Aggies meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The UC Irvine Anteaters could use a bounce back victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 68.9 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 78.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Tommy Rutherford is averaging 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds while Evan Leonard is averaging 10.1 points and 2.3 assists. Eyassu Worku is dishing 4.3 assists and John Edgar Jr. is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 41.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.6 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have lost four of their last five road games.
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The Utah State Aggies look for a nice home victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Utah State Aggies are averaging 71.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Sam Merrill is averaging 15.3 points and 3.4 assists while Koby McEwen is averaging 13.8 points and 3.2 rebounds. DeAngelo Isby is the third double-digit scorer and Alex Dargenton is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Utah State Aggies are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 63.3 percent from the free throw line. The Utah State Aggies are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game. The Utah State Aggies have won six of their last eight home games.
The Anteaters are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Mountain West and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Aggies are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Utah St., the road team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The UC Irvine Anteaters have lost a lot of blowouts this season and are giving up quite a bit of points despite allowing a fairly solid shooting percentage. Utah State has played a heavy road schedule and has held its own for the most part, only getting outscored by two points on the season. The Aggies are usually much better at home, and this is a game where they can buckle down defensively and pull away in the second half. I'll lay the reasonable number here with Utah State.