BigWst foes will battle when the UC Davis Aggies (8-13, 2-3 BigWst) meet the UC Irvine Anteaters (12-9, 4-1 BigWst) at The Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
UC Irvine Anteaters at UC Davis Aggies Betting Preview
The last time the Anteaters played, they beat the Cal Poly Mustangs, 74-67. With 12 points and eight rebounds, Brad Greene played well for UC Irvine. The Anteaters held the Mustangs to an effective field goal percentage of 0.381 (below their season average of 0.473) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.7 (above their season average of 34.5).
The Aggies are hoping for a better outcome after their 76-75 loss to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in their last outing. Ezra Manjon led UC Davis in scoring with 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Hawaii had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.5 (above their season average of 28.6). UC Davis, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 17.5).
Second-chance opportunities might be few and far between for UC Davis in this battle. The Aggies currently rank 303rd in offensive rebounding percentage (24.0 percent), while UC Irvine ranks 66th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.0 percent).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Anteaters, it’s been Evan Leonard, who has averaged 14 points,1.4 steals, while the Aggies have received great contributions from Manjon (17 points,1.2 steals).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. The Anteaters won both contests played against each other last season. In the last game, UC Irvine won 64-48. The Anteaters dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 39.1 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.544. The Aggies put up marks of 18.6 and 0.330, respectively, for those same stats.
UC Irvine Anteaters vs. UC Davis Aggies ATS Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – UC Irvine, ATS Winner – UC Irvine, O/U – Under
UC Irvine ranks 15th in rebounds per game (41.0) while UC Davis ranks 270th (31.3).
The Anteaters rank 25th in assists allowed per game (10.2) while the Aggies rank 199th (14.5).
UC Davis ranks 174th in three pointers attempted per game (21.1) while UC Irvine ranks 247th (18.0).
The Aggies have been outscored by an average of 0.8 points in their last five games. On the season, UC Davis has defeated opponents by an average of 1.6 points.
During their last five games, the Anteaters have scored an average of 69.4 points per game (4.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 60.8 points per game (4.8 below their season average).