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Cal State-Northridge vs. UC Irvine - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Irvine Anteaters (6-13) at Cal State-Northridge Matadors (3-13)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 pm (The Matadome)

The Line: Cal State-Northridge Matadors +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BIGWEST.TV

Coming up Saturday evening from the Matadome, the UC Irvine Anteaters and the Cal State Northridge Matadors will be meeting up on the college basketball circuit. 

UC Irvine enters this game with a 6-13 record overall. The Anteaters have lost three of their last four games, most recently falling to CS Fullerton on Thursday. In that one, Anteaters guard Evan Leonard posted 20 points. 

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Cal State-Northridge vs. UC Irvine - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leonard is the top scorer for UC Irvine this year on 11.7 PPG, while Eyassu Worku is close behind at 11.3 PPG. They’re the only two Anteaters in double-digits, but Max Hazzard (9.3 PPG) and John Edgar (9.2 PPG) are close. 

On the CSU Northridge side, they’re sitting at 3-13 this season. The Matadors have lost their last two games, falling to Hawaii and Long Beach State in that time. In the LBSU game, CSUN’s Terrell Gomez was tops on 24 points. 

Leading the way for the Matadors in scoring this year is Tavrion Dawson with 15.5 PPG and 5.6 RPG. Also averaging in double-digits for CSU Northridge are Michael Warren (12.9 PPG; 6.3 RPG) and Gomez (11.5 PPG). 

The Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a losing home record and 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall. UC Irvine is also 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the Big West. 

Meanwhile, the Matadors are 18-40 ATS in their last 58 home games and 11-27-1 ATS in their last 39 games overall. CSU Northridge is also 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the Big West. 

UC Irvine hasn’t really been that competitive in their losses, and it’s not entirely uncommon for them to fail to reach just 60 points in a game. The thing is, you could say the same exact thing about CSU Northridge, who put up just 46 points against Hawaii last week. All things considered here, I think UC Irvine can bang out a cover.

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