Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Anteaters versus the Beach? Tip off is at at 10:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, CA. UC Irvine is favored by -3 in this Big West conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 152.5 points.

UC IRVINE ANTEATERS VS LONG BEACH STATE BEACH BETTING PICK

The Pick: Long Beach State Beach +3

This game will be played at Walter Pyramid at 10:00 ET on Thursday, January 25th.

WHY BET THE LONG BEACH STATE BEACH:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Beach.
  • Not only will Long Beach State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can the Anteaters Pull Off a Road Win?

UC Irvine is 13-6 overall and 6-1 in Big West play. They have gone 7-5 in non-conference games and are 3-6 on the road this season. For the year, UC Irvine has outscored opponents by an average of +.1 points per game on the road.

Coming off a 54-52 loss to UC Davis, the Anteaters have gone 2-1 in their last three road games. Over their last 10 games on the road, UC Irvine has gone 3-7. They are 11-2 this season when favored.

UC Irvine has an ATS record of 11-7 this season. In their 13 games as the favorite, they have gone 8-5 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-4 and their last 3 road ATS record is 2-1.

So far this season, the over/under record in UC Irvine games is 8-9-1. Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (141.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 118 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2. On the season, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line.

In their most recent game, the UC Irvine offense concluded with only 52 points against UC Davis. Throughout the game, they made 2/14 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 33.3%. Justin Hohn is leading the team in scoring at 13.6 points per contest. Andre Henry has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 10.1 going into the game.

Currently, the Anteaters’ defense holds the 43rd rank in the nation, allowing 65.7 points per game. UC Irvine’s three-point defense is currently 49th in the country at 5.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.3% of their shots vs. UC Irvine.

Can the Beach Lock in a Home Win?

Long Beach State is 3-1 at home this season, and they have won two straight games at home. Over their last 10 home games, they are 7-3.

This season, Long Beach State has been the underdog six times, going 3-3 in those games. Overall, they are 12-7 this season, including a 4-3 mark in Big West games.

Long Beach State has an ATS record of 8-9 this season and they are 2-2 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Beach have gone 5-4-1 vs. the spread.

Long Beach State’s over/under record this season is 12-5 and today’s over/under line of 152.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (153.1). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line and over their last three games, the average scoring total is 157 points.

Long Beach State’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Hawaii, finishing the game with a total of 79 points. Their season average is now 80.1 points per game. The top scorer for the Beach was Marcus Tsohonis with 20 points, while Jadon Jones also added 19 to the scoreboard.

Coming into the game, Long Beach State will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 77.6 points per game (271st). In their previous game vs. Hawaii, the Rainbow Warriors finished with a field goal percentage of 56% and a total of 71 points vs. Long Beach State.