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UC Irvine vs. Utah State - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah State Aggies (6-1) at UC Irvine Anteaters (7-1)
Date & Time Saturday December 1, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -3 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
Big West Conference
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NCAA BB | Utah State Aggies (6-1) at UC Irvine Anteaters (7-1)
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The Utah State Aggies and UC Irvine Anteaters meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Bren Events Center.

The Utah State Aggies look for another victory to build on their strong 6-1 start to the season. The Utah State Aggies are averaging 84.7 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.4 points on 35.1 percent shooting. Sam Merrill is averaging 21.9 points and four assists while Dwayne Brown Jr. is averaging 11 points and four rebounds. Neemias Queta is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Brock Miller is dishing 1.3 assists. The Utah State Aggies are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah State Aggies are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.9 rebounds per game. The Utah State Aggies have lost four of their five road games.

The UC Irvine Anteaters look for another victory to build on their strong 7-1 start to the season. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 70.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 63.3 points on 38 percent shooting. Max Hazzard is averaging 10.4 points and two assists while Evan Leonard is averaging 10 points and two rebounds. John Edgar Jr. is grabbing four rebounds and Collin Welp is dishing 1.4 assists. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.6 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have won six of their last eight home games.

The Aggies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Anteaters are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Aggies are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in UC Irvine and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 20-8 in Anteaters last 28 overall. The under is 18-6-2 in Aggies last 26 road games.

The Utah State Aggies are playing at a high level both offensively and defensively, but they're also a team that's had issues on the road dating back to last season. The UC Irvine Anteaters are one of the top defensive teams in the country and have some impressive road victories under their belt already. At home, UC Irvine should be able to cover this small number. The Anteaters have been one of the more impressive teams through these couple weeks of the season.

Pick:
UC Irvine Anteaters -3

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