Long Beach State vs UC Irvine Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/15/24

Long Beach State (19-14) vs UC Irvine (24-8)

Game Info: Friday, March 15, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Dollar Loan Center)

Betting Odds: Long Beach State +7.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Long Beach State vs UC Irvine betting prediction for this college basketball game on Friday, March 15th at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Long Beach State recent form and recent player performance 
  • The UC Irvine recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Long Beach State
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving UC Irvine
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Long Beach State and UC Irvine
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Long Beach State and UC Irvine

Long Beach State Preview

The Long Beach State Beach are 19-14 (10-10) this season after they defeated UC Riverside by a score of 86-67 in their last game. Long Beach State led 44-42 at halftime and held UC Riverside to only 25 second half points in the win. The Beach shot 54.5% from the field and were +11 in rebounding margin in the game. Long Beach State had lost their previous five games and allowed at least 76 points in four of those losses. The Beach are scoring 77.4 points per game with 38.3 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game, while allowing 76.1 points against per game this year. Marcus Tsohonis is averaging 17.6 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, and 3.0 assists per game. Long Beach State is shooting 44.7% from the field, 70.3% on free throws, and 30.1% on three pointers this season. 

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UC Irvine Preview

The UC Irvine Anteaters are 24-8 (17-3) this year after they defeated Cal State Fullerton by a score of 81-71 in their last game. UC Irvine led 40-36 at halftime and scored 41 second half points in the win. The Anteaters shot 50% from the field and were +21 in rebounding margin in the game. UC Irvine has won four games in a row and six of their last seven. The Anteaters are scoring 77.7 points per game with 37.6 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per game, while giving up 67.3 points against per game this year. Justin Hohn is averaging 12.5 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. UC Irvine is shooting 47.7% from the field, 76.2% on free throws, and 34.9% on three pointers this season. 

Long Beach State vs UC Irvine Betting Prediction

UC Irvine comes into this matchup with a 17-3 conference record and they won the regular season Big West title. The Anteaters have won four games in a row and six of their last seven, scoring 80+ points in six straight games. Long Beach State went 10-10 in conference play and they lost five straight to end the season, but they beat UC Riverside on Thursday. The Beach have struggled on defense this season, as they are allowing 76.1 points against per game, and I think they are going to have a tough day against this UC Irvine attack. I like UC Irvine here. 

David’s Pick UC Irvine -7.5

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