Toledo Rockets (3-0) vs UC Irvine Anteaters (4-1)
2023-11-22 23:45:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Toledo Rockets +3.5 -- Over/Under: 150.5
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The Toledo Rockets and UC Irvine Anteaters face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at the Dollar Loan Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a Toledo Rockets vs UC Irvine Anteaters prediction.
UC Irvine Defense Stepped Up
UC Irvine had some strong defense on Tuesday against Pepperdine and that led to the 76-60 victory. Pepperdine has had a strong offense all season, but UC Irvine wasn’t too concerned about that. Derin Sarin had a strong game putting up 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists. UC Irvine on the season is averaging 82.4 points per game while their defense is giving up 63.4 points per game. The offense is ranked 67th and they are going to need the offense to be godo again here. Andre Henry is averaging 13 points while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from behind the three point line.
Toledo Need Better Defense Here
On Tuesday, Toledo faced off against New Mexico and they were defeated 92-84. In this game Toledo is going to need the defense to be better here. Toledo on the season is averaging 86.3 points, while their defense is giving up 71.7 points per game. The offense is ranked 39th, but in this game they are going to be tested, and they are going to need to have a strong offensive game. Ra’Heim Morris having a strong season and so far this season he is averaging 15.7 points while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 25 percent from behind the three point line.
Shane’s Free Pick
UC Irvine’s defense sure looked impressive on Tuesday, and they are going to continue the success again here. UC Irvine already slowed down a good offense, and they are going to make life really difficult on Toledo. UC Irvine is also averaging 82.4 points per game against a defense in Toledo that has had some issues. This is going to a comfortable victory by UC Irvine. Back UC Irvine against the spread.