The Beach and Anteaters are set to face off at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. The Anteaters will host the game at Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, NV. The odds for this Big West conference game currently have UC Irvine as the -7.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 148.5 points.

LONG BEACH STATE BEACH VS UC IRVINE ANTEATERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Long Beach State Beach +7.5

This game will be played at Dollar Loan Center at 9:00 ET on Friday, March 15th.

WHY BET THE LONG BEACH STATE BEACH:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Anteaters.
  • Even though we have UC Irvine winning straight-up, we like Long Beach State at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 148.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will the Beach Come Through as Road Underdogs?

Long Beach State Beach heads into tonight’s game as a 7.5-point underdog. They have gone 5-6 this season as the underdog and are 18-14 overall.

On the road, the Beach have gone 10-9 this season, and they come into tonight’s game with a two-game losing streak. Their average scoring margin on the road this season is -1.1 points per game.

Long Beach State has an ATS record of 14-17 this season, including a 9-10 mark on the road. As the underdog, the Beach have gone 6-5 vs. the spread this year. In their last 10 games as the underdog, Long Beach State has an even 5-5 ATS record.

Long Beach State’s over/under record for the season is 18-13, and the average scoring total in their games this year is 152.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 148.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (152.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 156 points. So far, their OU record in their last three games is 2-1.

Long Beach State is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 86 points versus UC Riverside. This output is higher than their season-average of 77.7 points per game. Marcus Tsohonis is leading the team in scoring at 17.7 points per contest. Aboubacar Traore has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 11.9 going into the game.

At this time, the Beach’s defense is positioned 263rd in the country, permitting 75.8 points per game. The Long Beach State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 67 points and allowed UC Riverside to connect on 8 threes.

Is a Home Win Possible for UC Irvine?

UC Irvine enters tonight’s game against Long Beach State as the favorite. So far this season, the Anteaters have been favored in 25 of their 32 games, going 22-3 in those matchups. At home, UC Irvine is 15-0, and they have won their last 15 games at home.

On the season, the Anteaters have an overall record of 24-8, including a 17-2 record in Big West Conference games. They have won their last six games, and their average scoring margin at home is +13.9 points per game.

UC Irvine has an overall ATS record of 19-11 this season. At home, they are 9-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Anteaters have gone 7-3 vs. the spread.

So far this year, the over/under record for UC Irvine games is 15-13-2 and the average point total in their games is 143.2. Today’s over/under line of 148.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (142.1). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 147 points.

UC Irvine’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 81 points vs. Cal State Fullerton. Overall, they hit 50% of their shots from the field and went 19/25 from the free-throw line. Leading UC Irvine in scoring vs. Cal State Fullerton was Bent Leuchten with his 17 points. Devin Tillis also added 13 points for the Anteaters.

At this time, the Anteaters’ defense is positioned 57th in the country, permitting 67.3 points per game. UC Irvine’s three-point defense is currently 39th in the country at 5.7 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.0% of their shots vs. UC Irvine.