Looking to win big? The Anteaters and Tritons face off at 4:00 ET on SPEC. The Tritons are hosting the game at LionTree Arena in San Diego, CA. The over/under for this game is set at 142.5 points, and California-San Diego is favored by -1 vs. UC Irvine in a Big West conference matchup.


The Pick: UC Irvine Anteaters +1

This game will be played at LionTree Arena at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 81-66 in favor of the Anteaters.
  • Not only will UC Irvine pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 147 points.

Do the Anteaters Stand a Chance on the Road?

UC Irvine is 20-7 overall and 13-2 in the Big West. They have won two straight games and are 6-7 on the road this season. The Anteaters have gone 18-3 when favored and 1-4 as the underdog.

UC Irvine’s average scoring margin on the road is +2.4 points per game compared to +13.4 points per game at home. They have won 13 straight games at home.

As the underdog, UC Irvine has gone 3-2 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Anteaters have an ATS record of 5-5.

This season, the over/under record for UC Irvine games is 12-12-2. The average scoring total in their games this year is 142.3 points, which is slightly lower than the average over/under line of 141.3. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 154 points and the over/under record is 3-0.

The UC Irvine offense is coming off a game in which they scored 81 points vs. UC Santa Barbara. Overall their field goal percentage was 49.1% while connecting on 3 threes. The top scorer for the Anteaters was Justin Hohn with 19 points, while Derin Saran also added 16 to the scoreboard.

Currently, the Anteaters’ defense holds the 46th rank in the nation, allowing 66.6 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.6 threes per game vs. California-San Diego. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.6%.

Does California-San Diego Stand a Chance at Home?

California-San Diego comes into this game with an 18-9 record, including a 12-3 mark in Big West play. They have won three straight games and are 10-2 at home this season.

Over their last 10 games at home, the Tritons have gone 8-2, and they are 13-3 this season when favored. For the year, they have a scoring margin of +8.7 points per game at home compared to +3.7 on the road.

As the favorite, UC San Diego has gone 11-5 against the spread this season. At home, the Tritons have an ATS record of 9-3. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, UC San Diego is 7-3 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for California-San Diego’s games is 12-12-1. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 142.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 131 points.

In their latest game, California-San Diego offense put up 77 points against UC Riverside. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45% and made 8 threes. The team’s top scorer is Bryce Pope, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 17.6, while Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones also carries a PPG average of 13.3 into the game.

This season, the California-San Diego defense has been impressive, holding the 48th position in the country while permitting an average of 66.7 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, California-San Diego’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.8% this season.