UC Irvine vs. Hawaii - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hawaii Warriors (17-12) at UC Irvine Anteaters (16-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -4.5 -- Over/Under: 127 See the Latest Odds
We have some Big West tournament quarterfinals action on Thursday as the #3 seed UC-Irvine Anteaters take on the #6 seed Hawaii Warriors in a college basketball matchup.
The Hawaii Warriors enter as the #6 seed following their 8-8 record in conference play as part of their 17-12 overall mark this season. The Warriors got through the non-conference part of their schedule with a 9-4 record with victories over Davidson, Troy and North Dakota to name a few while losing to Utah, Nevada, Princeton and Miami-Florida. Hawaii was a streaky team this season, starting 0-1 and then putting up 4 straight wins, followed by 5 straight losses and then 3 straight wins, splitting their last 4 games to close out the year. Michael Thomas led Hawaii with 13 points and 6 rebounds per game while Drew Buggs led the Warriors in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Hawaii is scoring 70.2 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 68.8% from the foul line this season.
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The UC-Irvine Anteaters received the #3 seed by virtue of their 11-5 conference mark as part of a 16-16 overall record this season. Irvine struggled out of conference, entering Big West play at 5-11 with a few losses to some tough opponents like Arizona State, Kansas State, Rider, UCLA, Nevada, Utah state and St. Mary’s. The Anteaters split their first 4 games conference play, alternating wins and losses, but put up wins in 10 of their last 12 down the stretch to climb to the #3 spot. Evan Leonard led UC-Irvine with 13.5 points per game while Jonathan Galloway led the Anteaters in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game and Eyassu Work led UC-Irvine in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, UC-Irvine is scoring 70.5 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range and 69.8% from the foul line this season.
Hawaii is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a game where they covered the spread while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 8-3 in their last 11 neutral site games. UC-Irvine is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 20-7 in their last 27 conference matchups. Hawaii is 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
Both teams went on the road and won in the other’s backyard to split the season series between these two teams. However, the Anteaters have been in far more consistent form ATS and have done well against the Warriors ATS over the last few seasons, so I’ll lay the points with UC-Irvine here.