UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023
The UC Riverside Highlanders (20-10, 13-5 Big West) are favored (-1.5) to extend a four-game winning streak when they host the UC Irvine Anteaters (20-10, 13-5 Big West) at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at UCR Student Recreation Center. The contest airs on ESPN+. The matchup’s over/under is 145.5.
UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Odds
- UC Riverside odds to win: -127
- UC Irvine odds to win: +107
- Spread: UC Riverside (-1.5)
- Total: 145.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Time: 10:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Riverside, California
- Venue: UCR Student Recreation Center
Who Will Win UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine?
UC Riverside and UC Irvine Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
UC Riverside has a 6-7 record against the spread this season when favored by 1.5 points or more.
UC Irvine is 3-3 against the spread when an underdog by 1.5 points or more this year.
Between them, these two teams average 2.7 more points per game (148.2) than this matchup’s total (145.5).
Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 136.2 points per game, 9.3 fewer than the over/under for this game.
UC Riverside’s average point total in matchups this year is 141.0, 4.5 points below the total in this game.
The average total for Anteaters games this season is 2.1 fewer points than the point total of 145.5 in this outing.
So far this season, the Highlanders have put together a 17-12-0 record against the spread.
The Anteaters are 14-14-0 ATS this year.
UC Riverside Stats & Insights
UC Riverside is outscoring opponents by 3.6 points per game with a +109 scoring differential overall. It puts up 72.3 points per game (170th in college basketball) and gives up 68.7 per outing (136th in college basketball).
The 33.0 rebounds per game UC Riverside averages rank 109th in the country, and are 4.6 more than the 28.4 its opponents grab per outing.
The Highlanders connect on 2.9 more threes per game than the opposition, 8.3 (76th in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 5.4.
UC Riverside averages 95.1 points per 100 possessions on offense (144th in college basketball), and gives up 90.3 points per 100 possessions (146th in college basketball).
The Highlanders are scoring 76.6 points per game at home. Away from home, they are averaging 68.9 points per contest.
UC Irvine Stats & Insights
UC Irvine outscores opponents by 8.4 points per game (posting 75.9 points per game, 84th in college basketball, and giving up 67.5 per outing, 101st in college basketball) and has a +252 scoring differential.
UC Irvine averages 34.0 rebounds per game (59th in college basketball) while allowing 30.5 per outing to opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 3.5 boards per game.
UC Irvine makes 7.1 three-pointers per game (215th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 6.6. It shoots 37.8% from deep, and its opponents shoot 32.3%.
UC Irvine ranks 95th in college basketball with 97.2 points scored per 100 possessions, and 59th defensively with 86.4 points conceded per 100 possessions.
The Anteaters score 78.6 points per game at home, and 72.1 on the road.
UC Riverside Key Players to Watch
The Highlanders leader in points and assists is Zyon Pullin, who scores 17.8 points per game along with 4.2 assists.
Lachlan Olbrich leads UC Riverside in rebounding, pulling down 6.0 boards per game while also scoring 11.8 points a contest.
The Highlanders get the most three-point shooting production out of Flynn Cameron, who knocks down 2.4 threes per game.
Cameron is UC Riverside’s leader in steals, averaging 1.2 steals per game, while Olbrich leads them in blocks with 0.5 per contest.
UC Irvine Key Players to Watch
Dawson Baker is at the top of the Anteaters scoring leaderboard with 15.8 points per game. He also collects 3.4 rebounds and racks up 1.1 assists per game.
The UC Irvine leaders in rebounding and assists are Devin Tillis with 6.1 rebounds per game (he also adds 7.4 points and 1.5 assists per game) and Pierre Crockrell II with 5.1 assists per game (he also tacks on 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game).
DJ Davis is the most prolific from deep for the Anteaters, hitting 2.6 threes per game.
UC Irvine’s leader in steals is Crockrell (1.0 per game), and its leader in blocks is Bent Leuchten (0.8 per game).
UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Prediction
- Pick ATS:
UC Irvine (+1.5)
- Pick OU:
UC Riverside 72, UC Irvine 71
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