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UC-Irvine vs. UC-Santa Barbara Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/16/23

UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (13-2) vs. UC Irvine Anteaters (12-5)
January 16, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -2.5 / UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos +2.5; Over/Under: +136.5
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The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos and the UC-Irvine Anteaters meet in college basketball action from the Bren Events Center on Monday. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


UC-Irvine is a 2.5-point favorite at home in this game with a money line price of -140. The over/under is set at 136.5 points.


Neither side has anyone listed on the injury report, meaning barring any last-minute announcements, both sides should be fully healthy coming into this game.

Matchup history

These two teams have traded wins back and forth in the last four meetings, with UC-Santa Barbara winning the most recent meeting back on March 10th, 2022 by a final score of 78-69.


UC-Santa Barbara is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 road games against a team with a winning home record. UC-Irvine is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall.


I get the case to back UCSB here as these games are usually extremely competitive and the Gauchos have been really good on the road, but UC-Irvine has been solid in their own right in winning games at home and the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams. I just think I’d need a couple more points to back UC-Santa Barbara here so give me the Anteaters laying the bucket.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: UC-Irvine -2.5

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