UC-Santa Barbara at UC Irvine: 3/10/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

UC-Santa Barbara at UC Irvine: 3/10/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

UC Irvine Anteaters (15-9) vs UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (16-10)

Game Info: Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 5:30 pm (Dollar Loan Center)

Betting Odds: UC Irvine Anteaters -1 -- Over/Under: 127.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and UC Irvine Anteaters face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown in the Big West Tournament at the Dollar Loan Center. When these two teams faced off on February 3rd it was UC Irvine that won 53-52. 

Collin Welp was the top player for UC Irvine scoring 17 points and eight rebounds. Amadou Sow was the top player for UC Santa Barbara scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. 

UC Santa Barbara comes into this game with a 16-10 record overall and they have gone 10-13-1 against the spread. The Gauchos have won five games in a row and in the last game against Hawaii, they won 67-60. UC Santa Barbara comes into this game averaging 74 points while their defense is giving up 65.6 points per game. Amadou Sow has been the top player for UC Santa Barbara averaging 15.8 points while shooting 56.6 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the UC Irvine Anteaters who sit with a 15-9 record overall and they have gone 9-12-1 against the spread. In the last game against Cal State Bakersfield, they were able to win. The Anteaters are averaging 66.1 points while their defense is giving up 59.5 points per game. UC Irvine has been led by Collin Welp who is averaging 13.7 points while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

UC Irvine is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games played on a neutral site. UC Santa Barbara is 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. The under is 4-0 UC Irvine’s last four games following an against the spread win. 

The last time these two teams faced off the final score was 53-52 and this game is also going to be lower scoring. Look for the pace of this game to be slow, and especially UC Irvine is going to find a ton of plenty of success. Back the under to cash. 

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