UC Irvine vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Irvine vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (19-9) at UC Irvine Anteaters (20-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Bren Events Center)

The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -6 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and the UC Irvine Anteaters meet in college basketball action from Bren Events Center on Saturday. 

UC Santa Barbara enters this matchup at 19-9 overall. Since their last loss to UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara has gotten three straight wins over CSUF, U Davis and UC Riverside. 

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In the win over the Highlanders, UC Santa Barbara’s leading scorer was Jaquori McLaughlin with 22 points, four assists and one rebound. Devearl Ramsey added 14 points, two rebounds and one assist in that one, and Brandon Cyrus had 10 rebounds with seven points and three assists. 

Over on the UC Irvine side, they’re 20-10 so far. UC Irvine is riding a five-game winning streak right now, beating UC Riverside, Hawaii, Long Beach State, CSUN and Cal Poly in that stretch of outings. 

In the win over Cal Poly, UC Irvine’s Evan Leonard led the team on 22 points with three rebounds and three assists. Eyassu Worku added 18 points with five assists and four rebounds there, and Tommy Rutherford had 16 points and three rebounds. 

UC Irvine is 7-2 ATS in their last nine Saturday games and 14-5-2 ATS in their last 21 home games. UC Irvine is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 versus a team with a winning straight-up record and the under is 5-1 in the last six versus a team with a winning straight-up record. 

Meanwhile, UC Santa Barbara is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 23-11 ATS in the last 34 Saturday games. UCSB is 6-1 ATS in their last seven overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five after a straight-up win. 

Over their last seven games, UC Santa Barbara is 6-1, with a nine-point loss to UC Davis being their only blemish. Aside from that, the only game in that span decided by fewer than five points was the 64-61 escape over UC Irvine the last time these teams met up. 

Speaking of UC Irvine, they’ve looked sharp lately and have scored 70 or more in each of their last four. I like UC Irvine to stay hot here, and I also like them to get a revenge home cover. 

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Andrew’s Pick UC Irvine Anteaters -6

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