Cal Poly vs. UC Irvine - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UC Irvine (19-10) at Cal Poly (7-20)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:00 pm (Robert A. Mott Gym)
The Line: Cal Poly +10 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UC Irvine Anteaters (19-10, CONF 11-2) and Cal Poly Mustangs (7-20, CONF 4-9) face off in a Big West showdown at the Mott Athletics Center. UC Irvine knocked off Cal Poly 74-67 earlier this season.
UC Irvine is trying to get ready for the conference tournament, because they feel like they can get to the NCAA Tournament. Coming into this game UC Irvine has won four games in a row and eight of their last nine games.
UC Irvine is having a lot of success at home this season but on the road they have struggled sitting with a 7-8 record. Away from home UC Irvine is averaging 68.1 points per game while the defense is giving up 65.5 points per game.
UC Irvine is led by Collin Welp who is averaging 13.5 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. In three of the last four games Welp has scored at least 13 points.
Cal Poly are having a terrible season and coming into this game they have lost four games in a row and failed to cover the spread in their last two games.
Cal Poly’s defense has been terrible this season and overall they are giving up 75.6 points per game. At home this season Cal Poly’s defense has been a little better averaging 70.7 points per game.
Gal Poly is led by guard Junior Ballard who is averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. Ballard is shooting 38.3 percent from the field and 72.4 percent from the free throw line.
UCI is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight Thursday games. UCI is 18-7-2 against the spread in their last 27 games against the Big West. Cal Poly is 5-15-2 against the spread in their last 22 games played on Thursday. The favorite is 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings played between UC Irvine and Cal Poly.
Even on the road, UC Irvine is the better team and they should have no issue coming away with a blowout victory. Look for UC Irvine’s defense to lock down and that will be the difference. Back UC Irvine to win this game and cover the spread.