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UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Irvine at UC Riverside
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
SRC Arena
Riverside, CA
The Line
UC Riverside Highlanders +9.5 -- Over/Under: 127
TV Channel
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The UC Irvine Anteaters will travel to SRC Arena to take on the UC Riverside Highlanders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The UC Irvine Anteaters won their 10th straight game and improved to 24-5 (12-1 Big West) on the season after defeating the UC Davis Aggies, 64-48, this past Thursday. UC Irvine was outstanding defensively agianst the Aggies and had no trouble pulling away after a 11-3 run to start the 2nd half gave UC Irvine a 42-28 lead with 14:09 left in regulation. UC Irvine held UC Davis to just 30.2% shooting from the field and 21.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Anteaters was Elston Jones who had a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 70.9 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Anteaters are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Irvine has been led by Max Hazzard (12.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), Evan Leonard (10.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Eyassu Worku (7.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Jonathan Galloway (6.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 bpg).

Defensively, UC Irvine is holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg on 37.8% shooting from the field. The Anteaters have a rebound margin of 6.7 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The UC Riverside Highlanders lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 9-20 (3-10 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the CSU Northridge Matadors, 70-68, this past Wednesday. UC Riverside led by a 38-33 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and allowed the Matadors to get the win after Terrell Gomez hit a game-winning jumper with :03 seconds left in regulation for CSU Northridge. UC Riverside shot 47.5% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Highlanders was Callum McRae who had a double-double with 20 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, UC Riverside is averaging 66.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Highlanders are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Riverside has been led by Dikymbe Martin (15.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg), Menno Dijkstra (7.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), Ajani Kennedy (7.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Callum McRae (7.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg).

Defensively, UC Riverside is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Highlanders have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of -1.7.

The Anteaters are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Highlanders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

UC Irvine had dominated in Big West play this season and has been led by their defense that ranks 19th in scoring defense, 5th in defensive FG%, and 17th in rebound margin.

UC Riverside has lost 7 of their last 8 games and although their defense has been decent as they rank just 122nd in scoring defense, the Highlanders have struggled offensively as they come into this match-up ranked just 311th in scoring offense.

UC Riverside has a winning record at home (7-6), however, this is a team that has really struggled finding ways to score the basketball and has already lost to the Anteaters by an 18-point margin in late January. UC Irvine hasn’t been as dominant on the road this season, however, the Anteaters have won their last 4 games by double-digits and I don’t see any reason why they can’t make that 5 in a row agianst UC Riverside. Take UC Irvine to cover. Good Luck!

UC Irvine Anteaters -9.5

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