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LBSU vs. UC Irvine - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UC Irvine at LBSU
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Walter Pyramid
Long Beach, California
The Line
The Line: LBSU +5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
Big West
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The UC Irvine Anteaters and Long Beach State 49ers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Walter Pyramid.

The UC Irvine Anteaters look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 70.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Max Hazzard is averaging 12 points and 1.7 assists while Evan Leonard is averaging 10.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. Collin Welp is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Robert Cartwright is dishing 2.7 assists. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.3 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have won their last four road games.

The Long Beach State 49ers need a victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Long Beach State 49ers are averaging 74.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 77.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Deishuan Booker is averaging 17.4 points and 4.7 assists while Temidayo Yussuf is averaging 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. Bryan Alberts is the third double-digit scorer and KJ Byers is grabbing six rebounds. The Long Beach State 49ers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The Long Beach State 49ers are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Long Beach State 49ers have won five of their last seven home games.

The Anteaters are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The 49ers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big West and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Anteaters are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Long Beach St and the road team is 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The over is 5-2 in 49ers last 7 overall. The under is 16-5 in Anteaters last 21 road games.

The Long Beach State 49ers did just beat UC Irvine a couple of weeks ago by 10 points when they were 11.5 point underdogs. With that said, the Long Beach State 49ers are riding a four-game losing streak due to poor defense and are losing by an average of seven points in their last five games. When Long Beach State gets in these grooves where they don't put any effort in defensive play, we've seen in years past just how ugly games can get for them. Seven of the UC Irvine Anteaters 11 covers this season have come on the road, and you know they'll be motivated for revenge after how the game went a couple of weeks ago. I'll side with UC Irvine and the reasonable number.

Pick:
UC Irvine -5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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