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Hawaii vs. UC Irvine - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Irvine at Hawaii
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 11:59 PM (EST)
Stan Sheriff Center
Honolulu, HI
The Line
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors +2 -- Over/Under: 129
TV Channel
Spectrum Sports - Hawaii; Big West Network
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Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

The UC Irvine Anteaters will travel to the Stan Sheriff Center to take on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The UC Irvine Anteaters improved to 15-5 (3-1 Big West) on the season after defeating the CSU-Northridge Matadors, 74-68, this past Saturday. UC Irvine was down by a 47-31 margin at halftime, however, UC Irvine was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and was able to secure the come from behind victory after going on a 14-3 run over the final 6:17 of regulation. UC Irvine shot 44.0% from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Matadors by a 51-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Anteaters was Eyassu Worku who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 70.2 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Anteaters are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Irvine has been led by Max Hazzard (11.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg), Evan Leonard (10.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.6 spg), Collin Welp (8.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Eyassu Worku (7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg).

Defensively, UC Irvine is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field. The Anteaters have a rebound margin of 6.1 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors had their 5-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-6 (2-1 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the UC Riverside Highlanders, 75-71, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, Hawaii struggled on the defensive end against the Highlanders and couldn’t fight back after a 74-69 lead with 1:24 left in regulation. Hawaii shot 55.8% from the field, however, allowed the Highlanders to shoot 53.7% from the field & 52.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Warriors was Jack Purchase who had 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Hawaii is averaging 72.8 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hawaii has been led by Eddie Standsberry (13.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Jack Purchase (11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), Zigmars Raimo (11.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg), and Drew Buggs (8.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Hawaii is holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The Anteaters are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games, however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Rainbow Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss.

UC Irvine has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been led by their defense that currently ranks 32nd in scoring defense, 15th in defensive FG%, and 30th in rebound margin. Hawaii has won 7 of their last 9 games and come into this game ranked 204th in scoring offense, 91st in three-pointers made per game, and 108th in scoring defense.

UC Irvine has arguably the best defense in the Big West, however, the Anteaters have been a bit shaky as of late as they allowed Long Beach State to put up 80 points against them last week and also struggled against the Matadors in the 1st half in their recent win. Hawaii has a balanced offensive attack and although they have to be disappointed by their lost at UC Riverside, their defense has been solid allowing less than 70.0 ppg. Hawaii is a tough to play as the are 8-2 at home this season and although the Anteaters have won 4 of the last 5 matchups against the Rainbow Warriors, I think Jack Purchase & Zigmars Raimo will be able to do enough against the Anteaters defense at home to at worst, cover with the points.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors +2

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