UC Irvine vs. Long Beach State - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Long Beach State 49ers (7-10) at UC Irvine Anteaters (5-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Bren Events Center)
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over at Bren Events Center on Saturday evening, the Long Beach State 49ers and the UC Irvine Anteaters will be meeting on the college basketball circuit.
Long Beach State enters this matchup at 7-10 on the season. The Niners had a three-game win streak going but have won their last two against Texas A&M-Intl. and Hawaii. In that Hawaii game, Long Beach forward Barry Ogalue led the way on 21 points.
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The top scorer on the season for the 49ers is Gabe Levin, with 15.2 PPG and a team-high 7.0 RPG. Bryan Alberts is the only other Long Beach State player in double-digits at 14.0 PPG, but Deishaun Booker is close on 9.3 PPG.
Over on the UC Irvine side, they’re currently 5-12 this year. The Anteaters have lost their last two games, falling to New Mexico State and UC Davis. In the UC Davis game, the Anteaters’ top scorer was Eyassu Worku with 19 points.
Leading the way for UC Irvine in scoring this year is Evan Leonard, who is also tied with Worku on 10.6 PPG. They’re the only two Anteaters players in double-digits, but Tommy Rutherford (9.2 PPG), Max Hazzard (9.1 PPG) and John Edgar (9.1 PPG) are close.
The Niners are 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the Big West and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win. Long Beach State is also 13-6 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win.
Meanwhile, the Anteaters are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss and 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. UC Irvine is also 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four versus the Big West.
Long Beach State has some solid scoring up top, but they don’t necessarily possess the depth needed to compete with some of the better teams out there. That said, UC Irvine hasn’t been performing very well lately and doesn’t have a go-to guy on the scoreboard or the rebounding stat line. I think Long Beach State can come out and manage a cover here.