UC Riverside Highlanders vs. UC Irvine Anteaters Betting Prediction 01/18/20

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The UC Riverside Highlanders (12-7, 2-1 BigWst) will be at the Bren Events Center to meet the UC Irvine Anteaters (10-8, 2-0 BigWst) in a BigWst matchup. Action starts at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

UC Riverside Highlanders vs. UC Irvine Anteaters ATS Odds

In their last game, the Anteaters were victorious over the Cal State Fullerton Titans, 74-61, while the Highlanders fell to the CSUN Matadors, 80-68.

UC Irvine dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 35.9 (above their season average of 35.3) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.500 (below their season average of 0.508). For those same stats, Cal State Fullerton had marks of 25.0 and 0.423, respectively. UC Riverside, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (29.4 vs. 24.1). Collin Welp was a key piece for UC Irvine with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, UC Riverside was led by Angus McWilliam, who had 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Anteaters dominated this series last year, winning all three games. In the last matchup, UC Irvine won 63-44. The Anteaters’ 7.4 turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Highlanders, who had a mark of 15.8. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Anteaters rank 20th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.3 percent), while UC Riverside ranks fifth in defensive rebounding percentage (79.2 percent).

UC Riverside Highlanders vs. UC Irvine Anteaters Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – UC Irvine, ATS Winner – UC Irvine, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • UC Riverside ranks 87th in three pointers attempted per game (23.6) while UC Irvine ranks 246th (17.9).
  • The Highlanders rank 36th in assists allowed per game (10.5) while the Anteaters rank 52nd (10.9).
  • The Anteaters rank 16th in rebounds per game (41.3) while the Highlanders rank 98th (37.3).
  • UC Riverside is 18th in the country with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while UC Irvine is 41st with 2.7 blocks allowed per game.

Bettings Trends:

  • The Anteaters’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, down from 8.2 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Highlanders have scored an average of 68.6 points per game (2.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (10.4 above their season average).