San Diego vs. UC Irvine - 11/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UC Irvine Anteaters (0-0) at San Diego Toreros (0-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10:00 pm (Jenny Craig Pavilion)
The Line: San Diego Toreros +4 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UC Irvine Anteaters and the San Diego Toreros will match up on the college basketball circuit Tuesday.
The Anteaters are coming off a successful season in 2018-19. UC Irvine went 31-6 overall, and posted a nice 15-1 mark in the Big West Conference. That brought the Anteaters a conference championship for the regular season.
UC Irvine took the conference tournament championship as well, taking out UC Riverside, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton in succession. The Anteaters managed an opening-round win over Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament but fell in the second round to Oregon.
Over on the San Diego side, they managed a pretty solid campaign in 2018-19, going 21-15 during the season. That said, the Toreros faltered a bit in West Coast Conference play with a 7-9 record.
San Diego made it past Portland, Santa Clara and BYU in the WCC Tournament, but fell to Saint Mary’s in an end to their quest to become conference champs. The Toreros didn’t fare any better in the NIT, falling in the first round to Memphis.
The Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 overall. UC Irvine is 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus the West Coast and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Tuesday games.
Meanwhile, the Toreros are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 Tuesday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games. The under is 4-0 in San Diego’s last four home games and 4-0 in their last four versus the Big West.
UC Irvine will be hard-pressed to outdo their performance from last year. The Anteaters’ lone conference loss came January 16 to Long Beach State, and they finished off the regular season on a stellar 13-0 run.
UC Irvine opens up with a rather tricky matchup against the Toreros here, as San Diego will not be a pushover. That said, the Anteaters should be able to take care of business here; at anything less than six or seven points I’m on UC Irvine in the opener.