Cal State-Bakersfield vs UC Irvine Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/9/23

UC Irvine Anteaters (22-10) vs Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners (11-20)

Game Info: Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 3:00 pm (Dollar Loan Center)

Betting Odds: UC Irvine Anteaters -11 -- Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners and UC Irvine Anteaters face off Thursday in a Big West Tournament college basketball showdown at the Dollar Loan Center. When these two teams faced off on March 4th it was UC Irvine that secured the 52-44 victory. 

Cal State Bakersfield Betting Preview

Cal State Bakersfield comes into this game with an 11-21 record overall and they have gone 14-16 against the spread. On Tuesday, the Roadrunners faced off against Cal State Northridge in the Big West Tournament and they were able to secure the 51-47 victory. Antavion Collum finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Cal State Bakersfield is averaging 60.8 points while their defense is giving up 64.3 points per game. Their defense is decent, but the offense hasn’t been good enough. 

UC Irvine Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is UC Irvine who sits with a 22-10 record overall and they have gone 15-15 against the spread. The last game for Cal State Bakersfield came against UC Irvine and the defense only gave up 44 points in the last game. Two games ago against UC Riverside, UC Irvine was able to secure the 75-66 victory. UC Irvine is averaging 75.1 points while their defense is giving up 66.7 points per game. They are a strong offensive team and they are going to run up the score here. Dawson Baker is averaging 15.4 points while shooting 47 percent from the field 

Cal State Bakersfield vs UC Irvine Trends

The Anteaters are 0-4 against the spread in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The under is 5-1 in Cal State Bakersfield’s last six games played on a neutral site. The under is 4-1 in UC Irvine’s last five games played on Friday. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Cal State Bakersfield only scored 44 points in the last game against UC Irvine, and they are going to really struggle to score again in this game. I do expect UC Irvine is going ot keep the pace down in this game though. Look for this game to be lower scoring, and the under is going to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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