Long Beach State at UC Irvine - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Long Beach State (11-21) at UC Irvine (21-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: UC Irvine -12 -- Over/Under: 139
The UC Irvine Anteaters (21-11, CONF 13-3) and Long Beach State Beach (11-21, CONF 6-10) face off in the Big West Tournament at the Honda Center. The home team has won the last three games between UC Irvine and Long Beach State, including the two games this season.
Long Beach State have had some real struggles this season but coming into this game they have lost three of the last four games. Over the last ten games, Long Beach State has covered five of the spreads.
Over the last five games, Long Beach State is averaging 70.6 points per game while the defense is giving up 71.6 points. Long Beach State is led by guard Chance Hunter who is averaging 13.9 points while shooting 45.3 percent from the field.
UC Irvine lost their last game, but before that they had won six games in a row, and over the last six games, they have covered three spreads. Overall this season UC Irvine is averaging 71. Points per game while the defense is giving up 65.7 points.
Over the last five games, UC Irvine is averaging 75.6 points per game while shooting 50.3 percent from the field.
Forward Collin Welp is the Anteaters best player averaging 13 points while shooting 47.6 percent from the field. Some of Welp’s biggest games came early in the season and if they want to make the NCAA tournament, they need him to be good in this game.
Long Beach State is 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall. UCI is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games played on Thursday. The under is 6-2 in UCI’s last eight games overall. The underdog is 13-3-2 against the spread in their last 18 meetings between Long Beach State and UC Irvine.
This has been a series dominated by the underdog and it’s going to happen in this game. UC irvine is the better team and will come away with a win, but Long Beach State is going to find enough to cover the spread.