UC Irvine vs Cal State-Northridge Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/29/24

Cal State-Northridge (18-11) vs UC Irvine (20-8)

Game Info: Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 10:00 pm (Premier America Credit Union Arena)

Betting Odds: Cal State-Northridge +7.5 - Over/Under: 150.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cal State Northridge Matadors will host the UC Irvine Anteaters in Big West action this Thursday from the Credit Union Arena on ESPN+. Irvine enters as 7.5-road favorites, with the total hovering 150.5. Stay tuned for our Irvine vs Northridge Prediction.  

UC Irvine Anteaters Preview

UC Irvine moved to 20-8 after losing to UC San Diego on the road by four, 92-88. The Anteaters fell short in overtime to the Tritons, and they’ll seek different results here in Northridge. Irvine is scoring 76.5 points per game, on 48.1% shooting, while allowing 66.5 ppg, and they’re currently first in the Big West with a 13-3 record in conference play. 

Irvine’s Impact Players

  • Veteran guard Justin Hohn went for a team-high 19 points in the win over UCSB, and he leads Irvine in scoring (12.9). 
  • Senior guard Andre Henry tallied 18 points in the loss to UCSD, and he’s second on the team at 10.7 ppg.
  • Junior forward Devin Tillis has grabbed eight boards or higher in three straight games, and he leads UCI in rebounding (6.2), while scoring 9.4 ppg. 

Cal State Northridge Matadors Preview

CSU Northridge comes in at 18-11 after defeating CSU Fullerton on the road by five, 65-60. The Matadors used a strong second half to down the Titans, and they’ll look to avenge a January loss to the Anteaters this Thursday. CSUN is scoring 76.6 points per game, on 46.0% shooting, while allowing 72.8 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the Big West with a 9-8 record in conference play. 

Northridge’s Impact Players

  • Veteran swingman De’Sean Allen-Eikens has caught fire this month, and after hitting the 20-point mark in five straight contests, he leads CAUN in scoring (18.5), while grabbing 5.2 rpg.
  • Clearwater native Dionte Bostick has matched his energy with 23 points or more in three of his last six outings, and he’s now up to 15.4 ppg.  
  • Junior forward Keonte Jones grabbed 11 boards in the January 27th matchup with Irvine,  and he leads Northridge in rebounding (7.0), while scoring 11.1 ppg. 

Irvine vs Northridge Trends

  • UCI is 16-11 against the spread, with a 13-13-1 over/under record
  • The Anteaters are 7-3 over their last ten games, and they’re 6-8 on the road this season. 
  • CSUN is 20-7 against the spread, with a 11-16 O/U record
  • The Matadors are 5-5 over their previous ten games, and they’re 9-5 in Northridge this season. 

UC Irvine vs Cal-State Northridge Prediction

Irvine has a conference-lead they’ll look to protect this Thursday, but they may face a stiff test with a hot Northridge team. The Matadors have won five of their last seven games, and their top two guys have been producing at a very high rate. This will be the Anteaters toughest remaining matchup, so while they won’t be an easy out, the margin could get tricky as road favorites. Let’s roll the dice, and spot Northridge the points for this Big West matchup.

Corey’s Pick Northridge TO COVER

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