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UC Davis vs. UC Irvine - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Irvine Anteaters (5-11) at UC Davis Aggies (9-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:00 pm (UC Davis Pavilion)

The Line: UC Davis Aggies -5.5 -- Over/Under: 130 See the Latest Odds

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The UC Irvine Anteaters will travel to The Pavilion (UC Davis) to take on the UC Davis Aggies this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The UC Irvine Anteaters dropped to 5-11 (0-0 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the New Mexico State Aggies, 65-60, this past Thursday. UC Irvine went into halftime trailing by a just a 26-24 margin, however, couldn’t fight all the way back after the Aggies took a 49-40 lead with 8:48 left in regulation. UC Irvine shot 38.9% from the field and 25.0% (4-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Anteaters was Eyassu Worku who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 70.8 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Anteaters are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Irvine has been led by Evan Leonard (11.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Eyassu Worku (10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Tommy Rutherford (9.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg), and Max Hazzard (9.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.2 apg). Defensively, UC Irvine is allowing their opponents to average 72.7 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Anteaters have a rebound margin of 6.4 and a turnover margin of -4.7.

UC Davis vs. UC Irvine - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC Davis Aggies improved to 9-5 (0-0 Big West) on the season after defeating the D-II Holy Names Hawks, 89-62, this past Saturday. UC Davis had little trouble putting away the Hawks early in this one and cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 38-19 halftime lead. UC Davis shot 56.9% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was Chima Moneke who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, UC Davis is averaging 71.1 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Davis has been led by Chima Moneke (19.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Siler Schneider (12.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg), TJ Shorts II (12.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg), and A.J. John (6.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg). Defensively, UC Davis is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

The Anteaters are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and just 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Aggies are 8-1-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

The UC Irvine Anteaters have lost 6 of their last 7 games and although they have struggled on the offensive end, the Anteaters have been decent on the defensive end as they rank 46th in rebound margin and defensive FG%. UC Irvine has lost 3 of their last 5 games and come into this matchup ranked 364th in scoring offense and 51st in defensive FG%. These games usually are defensive battle and as I liked how I saw the Anteaters battle a good Saint Mary’s team on the road recently, I think UC Irvine does enough on the road to keep this one within this number. Take UC Irvine and the points. 

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