Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Rainbow Warriors versus the Anteaters? Tip off is at at 10:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA. The over/under for this game is set at 134 points, and UC Irvine is favored by -8 vs. Hawaii in a Big West conference matchup.
HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS VS UC IRVINE ANTEATERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors +8
This game will be played at Bren Events Center at 10:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.
WHY BET THE HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Anteaters.
- Even though we have UC Irvine winning straight-up, we like Hawaii at +8.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 134 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Can the Rainbow Warriors Pull the Upset on the Road?
Despite being the underdog, Hawaii has performed better on the road this season, going 4-4 compared to 6-6 at home. Over their last ten road games, Hawaii is 4-6.
Coming off a win, Hawaii is 12-10 overall and 4-6 in Big West games. For the season, they have gone 8-4 outside of conference play.
As the underdog, Hawaii has struggled against the spread this season, going just 1-6. Their overall ATS mark is 7-13, but they have gone 4-4 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Rainbow Warriors are 3-7 vs. the spread.
Today’s over/under line of 134 is lower than the average over/under line in Hawaii’s games this season (138.6). This year, their over/under record is 9-10-1. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 146 points.
The Hawaii offense is coming off a game in which they scored 76 points vs. Cal State Fullerton. Overall their field goal percentage was 49% while connecting on 6 threes. Noel Coleman is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14. Meanwhile, Bernardo Da Silva also brings a PPG average of 10.6 into the game.
This season, the Hawaii defense has been impressive, holding the 76th position in the country while permitting an average of 67.5 points per contest. Against Cal State Fullerton in their most recent game, the Hawaii defense gave up a total of 68 points while allowing Cal State Fullerton to hit 43% of their shots.
Can the Anteaters Please their Home Crowd?
UC Irvine is a perfect 10-0 at home this season, and they have won their last three games. They are 16-6 overall and 9-1 in Big West play. For the year, they have been favored in 16 of their games, going 14-2.
In their last game, the Anteaters beat Cal Poly by a score of 73-59. Over their last 10 games at home, they are a perfect 10-0.
UC Irvine has an ATS record of 13-8 this season and they are 10-6 vs the spread when favored. At home, the Anteaters are 6-4 ATS and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they have gone 5-5 vs the spread.
This season, the over/under record in UC Irvine games is 8-11-2. Today’s over/under line of 134 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (141.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points compared to their season average of 139.9. During their last five games, the over/under record is 1-3-1.
The UC Irvine offense is coming off a game where they scored 73 points against Cal Poly. They posted a field goal percentage of 44.4% and connected on 6 threes. Justin Hohn is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 13.5 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Andre Henry brings a PPG average of 10.2 into the game.
So far, the Anteaters’ defense is ranked 39th in the country at 65.5 points per contest. UC Irvine’s three-point defense is currently 43rd in the country at 5.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.1% of their shots vs. UC Irvine.