The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners and UC Irvine Anteaters meet Thursday in the college basketball Big West Tournament Quarterfinal at the Dollar Loan Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are averaging 61.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Kaleb Higgins is averaging 13.1 points and 2.5 rebounds, while Antavion Collum is averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Marvin McGhee III is dishing 0.7 assists and Cameron Smith is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.8 rebounds per game.
The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 75.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Dawson Baker is averaging 15.4 points and 1.2 assists, while DJ Davis is averaging 15.2 points and 1.4 assists. Bent Leuchten is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Justin Hohn is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game.
The Roadrunners are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 Thursday games. The Anteaters are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 11-4 in Roadrunners last 15 overall. The under is 48-21 in Anteaters last 69 Thursday games. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners were just a bad team this season with an offense that's not getting any better, and they lose in the underdog role by an average of 8.1 points. Cal State-Bakersfield was 2-4 ATS as a double-digit underdog. UC Irvine has won 8 of the last 10 meetings against Cal State-Bakersfield. I'll lay the chalk.