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UC Irvine vs. Hawaii - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Hawaii at UC Irvine
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bren Events Center
Irvine, California
The Line
The Line: UC Irvine -7.5 -- Over/Under: 131
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors and UC Irvine Anteaters meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Bren Events Center.

The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are averaging 71.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Eddie Stansberry is averaging 12 points and 2.5 rebounds while Jack Purchase is averaging 11.6 points and 2.2 assists. Zigmars Raimo is the third double-digit scorer and Brocke Stepteau is dishing 3.1 assists. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors split their last four road games.

The UC Irvine Anteaters look for another win to build on their six-game winning streak. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 70.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 65.6 points on 38.8 percent shooting. Max Hazzard is averaging 12.1 points and 1.6 assists while Evan Leonard is averaging 10.6 points and 2.3 rebounds. Collin Welp is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Eyassu Worku is dishing 2.8 assists. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have won six of their last seven home games.

The Warriors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big West, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Anteaters are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Anteaters last 6 home games. The over is 6-2 in Warriors last 8 overall.

Three of the last four meetings between Hawaii and UC Irvine have been decided by one point, including the meeting last month that needed overtime to complete. The UC Irvine Anteaters are the better team and are winning by an average of 7.2 points at home this season. However, Hawaii has been that team nobody pays attention to and has been covering numbers, which includes a 12-7 ATS record overall and covers in six of their last eight road games. Hawaii has some fighters on its team and won't go down quietly. I have to take the points in this spot. 

Pick:
Hawaii +7.5

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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