The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners and the UC Irvine Anteaters meet Saturday in college basketball action from Bren Events Center. Cal State Bakersfield is fresh off a Thursday matchup versus Long Beach State. In that one the Roadrunners fell by 16 points. As for UC Irvine, they played UC Riverside in their Thursday game. The Anteaters ended up with a 10-point victory there. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners
Cal State Bakersfield managed a rough 7-15 record over their first 22 games of the season. The Roadrunners posted a 3-4 run over the next seven with losses to Long Beach State, Hawaii, CSU Northridge and Cal State Fullerton along the way.
On Thursday versus Long Beach State, the Roadrunners were outscored 38-20 in the first half. Cal State Bakersfield got better in the second with 41 points but still lost 77-61. Cedquavious Hunter led the way on 17 points and two rebounds in 23 minutes.
UC Irvine Anteaters
Over on the UC Irvine side, they went 15-7 in their first 22 games of the year. The Anteaters logged a 5-3 stretch over the next eight outings with wins over Cal Poly, UC Riverside, UCSB, UC Davis and Cal Poly again. The losses came versus LBSU, UC San Diego and Hawaii.
Matched up against UC Riverside on Thursday, the Anteaters entered the second half with a 36-30 edge. UC Irvine hit a 39-35 run from there in a 75-65 road victory. Leading the team was Drew Davis with 26 points and Bent Leuchten put up 15 points as well.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll likely stay with UC Irvine in this one. The Anteaters are looking pretty good since early last month and they’re 6-2 in their last eight games. UC Irvine was able to power out a road victory at Icardo Center when these teams last met on New Year’s Eve. That one ended up a 79-75 finish featuring a 46-36 second-half advantage for the Anteaters. As for CSUB, they’re on a four-game losing skid right now and haven’t seen more than 68 points in any of those outings. I like a finish in the high 60s or so for the Roadrunners here but I don’t think they’ll quite make the cover.