The Tritons and Anteaters are set to face off at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Anteaters will host the game at Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 139.5 points, and the Anteaters are favored to win at home against the Tritons.
CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO TRITONS VS UC IRVINE ANTEATERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UC Irvine Anteaters -5.5
This game will be played at Bren Events Center at 10:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.
WHY BET THE UC IRVINE ANTEATERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 89-59 in favor of the Anteaters.
- Not only will UC Irvine pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 148 points.
Will California-San Diego Win on the Road?
California-San Diego enters this game on a five-game win streak, and they have won three straight games on the road. Their overall record this season is 11-6, and they are a perfect 5-0 in Big West Conference play. As the underdog, the Tritons are 2-5 this season, and their average scoring margin on the road is +4.0.
In their last game, California-San Diego defeated Cal Poly by a score of 86-61. So far, they have gone 4-1 on the road in their last five games, and their record away from home this season is 4-4. The Tritons are 7-1 this season when they are the favored team.
As the underdog, Cal-San Diego has been solid vs. the spread this year, going 4-3. Their overall ATS mark is 11-4. On the road, the Tritons have an ATS record of 5-3 and they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. For the season, they are 6-1 vs. the spread at home.
Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in California-San Diego’s games this season (143.2). So far, 8 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and their average scoring total across their last five games is 146 points.
California-San Diego’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Cal Poly, finishing the game with a total of 86 points. Their season average is now 77.8 points per game. Bryce Pope is leading the team in scoring at 18.7 points per contest. Francis Nwaokorie has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.5 going into the game.
Currently, the Tritons’ defense holds the 78th rank in the nation, allowing 67.5 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, California-San Diego’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.5% this season.
Will the Anteaters Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?
UC Irvine enters today’s game with a 12-5 record, including a perfect 8-0 mark at home. Their average scoring margin at home is +14.4, and they have won their last eight games at home.
So far this season, the Anteaters have been favored in 11 of their 17 games, going 10-1 in those contests. Overall, they have won five straight games, including a 60-50 victory over Hawaii in their most recent outing.
UC Irvine has an ATS record of 10-6 this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Anteaters are 7-3 vs. the spread. At home, UC Irvine has an ATS mark of 5-3 this year and they are 5-4 ATS in their last 10 home games.
UC Irvine’s over/under record for the season sits at 7-8-1, and today’s line of 139.5 is close to the average over/under line in their games (141.5). So far, eight of their games have finished with more points than today’s line, and eight have finished with fewer. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points, which is lower than their season average of 142.2.
Against Hawaii, the UC Irvine had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 76.9 points per game. They scored 60 points and posted a field goal percentage of 42.1% in the game. Leading the team in scoring was Pierre Crockrell II with 16 points. Justin Hohn also added 12 points for the Anteaters.
So far this season, the UC Irvine defense has been performing well, ranking 65th in the country at 66.5 points allowed per contest. Against Hawaii, the Anteaters’ defense gave up 50 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Hawaii only made 5 free-throws.