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UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UC Irvine Anteaters (12-14) at UC Riverside Highlanders (6-17)
Date & Time Saturday February 10, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders +5.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
http://bigwest.sidearmstreaming.com/watch/?Live=740
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NCAA BB | UC Irvine Anteaters (12-14) at UC Riverside Highlanders (6-17)
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The UC Irvine Anteaters and UC Riverside Highlanders meet Saturday in college basketball action at the SRC Arena.

The UC Irvine Anteaters look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 70.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Evan Leonard is averaging 12.7 points and 2.3 assists while Eyassu Worku is averaging 11.3 points and three rebounds. Tommy Rutherford is the third double-digit scorer and Max Hazzard is dishing 2.2 assists. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have won three of their last four road games.

The UC Riverside Highlanders have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since late December. The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 65.4 points on 40.6 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Dikymbe Martin is averaging 13.1 points and 3.1 assists while Chance Murray is averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. Alex Larsson is the third double-digit scorer and DJ Sylvester is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The UC Riverside Highlanders are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The UC Riverside Highlanders have lost four straight home games.

The Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big West and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Highlanders are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in UC Riverside, 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The UC Irvine Anteaters beat the breaks off UC Riverside a couple of weeks ago, winning by 39 points, and they come into this game allowing just 35.7 percent shooting and outscoring teams by 12 points in their last five games. The UC Riverside Highlanders have issues scoring and haven't won two straight games in two months. UC Irvine and the reasonable line has to be the play here, especially how the last meeting went.

Pick:
UC Irvine Anteaters -5.5

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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