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Utah vs UC Irvine Basketball Picks 3-19-24

UC Irvine Anteaters (24-9) vs. Utah Runnin' Utes (19-14)
March 19, 2024 11:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Runnin' Utes -7.5; Over/Under: +148.5
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In this article we will formulate a Utah vs UC Irvine betting prediction for this college basketball game on Tuesday, March 19th at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Utah recent form and recent player performance 
  • The UC Irvine recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Utah
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving UC Irvine
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Utah and UC Irvine
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Utah and UC Irvine

Utah Preview

The Utah Utes are 19-14 (9-11) this year after they lost to Colorado by a score of 72-58 in the PAC-12 tournament. Prior to that loss, Utah finished the regular season by losing two of their last three games, with the lone win coming against Arizona State. The Utes have lost seven of their last 11 games and finished tied for sixth in the PAC-12. Utah has quality wins over Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, BYU, and St. Mary’s. The Utes are scoring 78.1 points per game with 39 rebounds per game and 17.2 assists per game, while allowing 72.6 points against per game this year. Branden Carlson is averaging 17.1 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. Utah is shooting 46.6% from the field, 64.9% on free throws, and 35.8% on three pointers this season. 

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UC Irvine Preview

The UC Irvine Anteaters 24-9 (17-3) this season after they lost to Long Beach State by a score of 83-79 in the Big West tournament. UC Irvine had won their previous four games and they have scored at least 79 points in seven straight. The Anteaters have won 11 of their last 14 games and they finished first in the Big West standings. UC Irvine has quality wins against USC, Toledo, and Long Beach State. The Anteaters are scoring 77.7 points per game with 37.6 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per game, while giving up 67.8 points against per game this season. Justin Hohn is averaging 12.7 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. UC Irvine is shooting 47.8% from the field, 75.5% on free throws, and 34.9% on three pointers this year. 

Utah vs UC Irvine Betting Prediction

UC Irvine was looking like the best team in the Big West, while Utah tried to make a late push on the bubble, but both teams will meet here in the NIT. Utah didn’t finish the season playing very well, but they are 14-2 at home. UC Irvine only lost three conference games all season, and they are 8-8 on the road. The Anteaters are a very high scoring team and they are a solid defensive team, while Utah has had some inconsistent offensive showings recently. I really don’t like how Utah played over the last few weeks and I think UC Irvine could keep this game close. Take the Anteaters here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: UC Irvine +7.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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