UC Irvine vs. Cal State-Fullerton - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cal State-Fullerton Titans (8-14) at UC Irvine Anteaters (13-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Bren Events Center)
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -12 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The CSU Fullerton Titans will travel to the Bren Events Center to take on the UC Irvine Anteaters this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The CSU Fullerton Titans had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-14 (3-4 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the Cal Poly Mustangs, 101-100 in OT, this past Thursday night. CSU Fullerton fought back from an 82-73 deficit with just 2:27 left in regulation to force OT and had the lead late in the extra period, however, couldn’t secure the come from behind win after Cal Poly’s Colby Rogers made a game-winning lay-up as time expired. CSU Fullerton shot 57.4% from the field, however, allowed Cal Poly to shoot 57.4% from the field and 40.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Titans was Jackson Rowe who had a double-double with 32 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 4 steals.
On the season, CSU Fullerton is averaging 67.0 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Titans are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, CSU Fullerton has been led by Jackson Rowe (15.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.5 bpg), Austen Awosika (14.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.1 spg), and Brandon Kamga (14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.4 apg).
Defensively, CSU Fullerton is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Titans have a rebound margin of -3.0 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The UC Irvine Anteaters won their 2nd straight game and improved to 13-9 (5-1 Big West) on the season after defeating the UC Davis Aggies, 80-65, this past Thursday night. UC Irvine was outstanding offensively against the Aggies and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 43-27 lead. UC Irvine shot 57.6% from the field and outrebounded UC Davis by a 38-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Anteaters was Collin Welp who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 73.7 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Anteaters are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Irvine has been led by Collin Welp (14.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), Eyassu Worku (12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg), and Evan Leonard (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, UC Irvine is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 37.2% shooting from the field. The Anteaters have a rebound margin of 9.5 and a turnover margin of -2.1.
The Titans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, however, are just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games. The Anteaters are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
CSU Fullerton comes into this match-up ranked 288th in scoring offense, 232nd in FG%, and T-176th in scoring defense.
UC Irvine is once again one of the top teams in the Big West and have been led by their defense that ranks 90th in scoring defense, 9th in defensive FG%, and 5th in rebound margin.
CSU Fullerton is just 3-6 on the road and has lost their last 4 games ATS against the Anteaters and as I just don’t see the Titans being able to put up points against the UC Irvine defense, I’m taking the Anteaters to cover this double-digit home spread.