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UC Irvine vs. Cal State-Northridge - 2/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cal State-Northridge Matadors (5-18) at UC Irvine Anteaters (11-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Bren Events Center)

The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -13 -- Over/Under: 126.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The CSU Northridge Matadors will travel to the Bren Events Center to take on the UC Irvine Anteaters this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The CSU Northridge Matadors lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 5-18 (2-7 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 75-51, this past Saturday. CSU Northridge trailed by just a 7-point margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a19-1 Gauchos run gave UC Santa Barbara a 68-44 lead with just 3:48 left in regulation. CSU Northridge shot just 32.8% from the field and 16.7% (2-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Matadors was Tavrion Dawson who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, CSU Northridge is averagng 64.5 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Matadors are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, CSU Northridge has been led by Tavrion Dawson (16.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 apg), Michael Warren (12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Terrell Gomez (11.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.7 apg), and Lyrik Shreiiner (7.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, CSU Northridge is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Matadors have a rebound margin of -4.4 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

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UC Irvine vs. Cal State-Northridge - 2/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC Irvine Anteaters won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-14 (6-3 Big West) on the season after defeating the CS Fullerton Titans, 63-58, this past Saturday night. UC Irvine led by a 53-42 margin with 4:48 left in regulation and held off a late Titans charge that saw CS Fullerton cut the lead to just three-points to secure the victory. UC Irvine held CS Fullerton to just 32.8% shooting from the field and 27.8% (5-18) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Anteaters was Evan Leonard who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals. On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 70.5 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Anteaters are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Irvine has been led by Evan Leonard (12.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg), Eyassu Worku (11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Tommy Rutherford (10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg), and Max Hazzard (8.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.3 apg). Defensively, UC Irvine is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Anteaters have a rebound margin of 7.6 and a turnover margin of -4.0.

The Matadors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 home games.

CSU Northridge has lost 7 of their last 9 games and has really struggled on the offensive end this season as the Matadors come into this matchup ranked just 334th in scoring offense, 292nd in FG%, and 311th in three-pointers made per game. UC Irvine has won 5 of their last 6 games and is one against led by their defense that ranks 100th in scoring defense, 8th in rebound margin, and 15th in defensive FG%. UC Irvine defeated CSU Northridge by a 71-54 margin in mid-January and between the face that I think the Matadors will really struggle on the offensive end and on the boards, I’m going to take UC Irvine to cover this large home spread. Take UC Irvine to cover. 

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