UC Irvine vs. Cal State-Fullerton - 3/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cal State-Fullerton Titans (19-11) at UC Irvine Anteaters (18-16)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The CS Fullerton Titans and UC Irvine Anteaters meet Saturday in the college basketball Big West Championship at the Honda Center.
The CS Fullerton Titans look for one more victory after beating UC Davis on Friday. The CS Fullerton Titans are averaging 73.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Kyle Allman is averaging 19.6 points and 2.4 assists while Khalil Ahmad is averaging 15.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jackson Rowe is the third double-digit scorer and Austen Awosika is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The CS Fullerton Titans are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The CS Fullerton Titans are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The CS Fullerton Titans are 3-0 SU this season on neutral sites.
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The UC Irvine Anteaters look for one more victory after beating UC Santa Barbara on Friday. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 70.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 67.3 points on 39 percent shooting. Evan Leonard is averaging 13.5 points and two assists while Eyassu Worku is averaging 11.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. Tommy Rutherford is the third double-digit scorer and Max Hazzard is dishing two assists. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have won four straight neutral site games.
The Titans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Titans are 4-9-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings, the underdog is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
These teams split the two meetings this season, but UC Irvine has won eight of the last 10 meetings against CS Fullerton. Both teams come into this game playing great defense, allowing less than 40 percent shooting in their last five games. The difference for me is that UC Irvine has been slightly the more consistent team on the defensive side of the ball this season and managed to win their last game without Evan Leonard scoring a single point to show their depth and potential. I'll lay the bucket with the Anteaters.