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UC Irvine vs. UC Santa Barbara - 2/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
Date & Time Sunday February 17, 2019, 12:00 AM (EST)
Location
Bren Events Center
Irvine, California
The Line
The Line: UC Irvine -6.5 -- Over/Under: 126.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and UC Irvine Anteaters meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Bren Events Center.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 71 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Ar'Mond Davis is averaging 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds while Amadou Sow is averaging 11.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. Devearl Ramsey is the third double-digit scorer and JaQuori McLaughlin is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have split their last six road games.

The UC Irvine Anteaters look for another win to build on their seven-game winning streak. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 70 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 65.2 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Max Hazzard is averaging 12.2 points and 1.5 assists while Evan Leonard is averaging 10.2 points and 2.3 rebounds. Collin Welp is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Robert Cartwright is dishing 2.4 assists. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have won five of their last six home games.

The Gauchos are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games, 17-7 ATS in their last 24 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big West and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Anteaters last 7 home games. The under is 5-0 in Gauchos last 5 overall.

UC Irvine beat UC Santa Barbara on the road a few weeks ago and have won seven of the last nine meetings overall. The UC Irvine Anteaters are winning at home by an average of 7.6 points while allowing just 39.3 percent shooting. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting just 40.9 percent from the field in their last five games and will be in serious trouble competing in this game if those numbers continue. The Gauchos have been very profitable when it comes to covering on the road, but UC Irvine could run away with this game if the numbers hold true. I'll lay the chalk.

Pick:
UC Irvine -6.5

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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