Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Anteaters and Highlanders. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Highlanders at SRC Arena in Riverside, CA. Get ready to place your bets! UC Irvine is favored by -8 in this Big West conference matchup the against UC Riverside. The over/under for the game is set at 137.5 points.

UC IRVINE ANTEATERS VS UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UC Riverside Highlanders +8

This game will be played at SRC Arena at 8:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.

WHY BET THE UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Highlanders.
  • Not only will UC Riverside pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Does UC Irvine Have What it Takes on the Road?

UC Irvine has been dominant at home this season, going a perfect 11-0, but they have been much more average on the road, going 6-6. Their average scoring margin at home is +14.2, compared to +3.4 on the road.

Overall, UC Irvine has been the favorite in 18 of their 24 games, going 16-2 in those matchups. They have won five straight games, including a 76-61 win over UC Santa Barbara in their most recent game.

UC Irvine has a solid ATS record of 15-8 this season. On the road, they are 8-4 vs. the spread. As the favorite, the Anteaters are 12-6 vs. the spread. In their last 3 road games, UC Irvine is 3-0 ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for UC Irvine games is 9-12-2 with an average of 140.7 points per game compared to an average over/under line of 141.7. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 1-1-1.

In their most recent game, the Anteaters’ offense tallied 76 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 76.1 points per game. Pierre Crockrell II led the team in scoring, putting up 14 points. Additionally, Devin Tillis contributed 13 points for the Anteaters.

UC Irvine’s defense has been playing well, ranking 38th nationally, with 65.5 points allowed per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UC Irvine’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.0% this season.

Do the Highlanders Have What it Takes at Home?

Despite a 12-game losing streak on the road, UC Riverside has been a much better team at home, going 8-3 compared to 0-12 on the road. They are also 1-13 as the underdog this season.

In their most recent game, the Highlanders defeated Bakersfield by a score of 65-63. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 7-3.

UC Riverside has an ATS record of 10-13 this season. Their ATS mark at home is 6-5. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Highlanders are 5-5 vs. the spread. In their last 3 home games, UC Riverside is 1-2 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for UC Riverside games is 11-11-1, and today’s line of 137.5 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games this year of 138.7. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 130 points, and the over/under record for their games over their last 10 contests is 3-6-1.

The UC Riverside offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 65 points versus Bakersfield. During the game, they attempted 24 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 37.7%. The top scorer for the Highlanders was Benjamin Griscti with 18 points, while Nate Pickens also added 14 to the scoreboard.

Currently, the Highlanders’ defense holds the 141st rank in the nation, allowing 71.0 points per game. In their previous game vs. Bakersfield, the Roadrunners finished with a field goal percentage of 37% and a total of 63 points vs. UC Riverside.