The No. 1 seed UC Irvine Anteaters (22-10, 15-5 Big West) play the No. 8 seed CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (11-21, 6-14 Big West) in the Big West Tournament Thursday at Dollar Loan Center, starting at 3:00 PM. Both teams will try to get one step closer to earning an automatic place in the NCAA Tournament bracket.
The Anteaters are currently substantial 12-point favorites over the Roadrunners. A 127.5-point over/under is set for the game.
UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Odds
Point Spread for UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield
The spread for this matchup is set at 12 points, with bookmakers listing UC Irvine as the favorite.
UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Moneyline
As for the moneyline, UC Irvine has -845 odds to pick up the win, while CSU Bakersfield is listed at +571 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 127.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
- Game Time: 3:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Henderson, Nevada
- Arena: Dollar Loan Center
UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Betting Trends
UC Irvine is 15-15-0 against the spread this season. The Anteaters have won in 17, or 77.3%, of the 22 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. UC Irvine’s games this year have hit the over on 18 of 30 set point totals.
In CSU Bakersfield’s 30 games this season, it has 14 wins against the spread. The Roadrunners have been the underdog on the moneyline 26 total times this season. They’ve gone 6-20 in those games. CSU Bakersfield’s games this year have hit the over on 16 of 30 set point totals (53.3%).
UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Key Players to Watch
Dawson Baker leads the Anteaters with 15.4 points per game and 1.2 assists, while also putting up 3.3 rebounds. DJ Davis is putting up 15.2 points, 1.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds per contest. Devin Tillis averages a team-leading 6 rebounds per contest. He is also putting up 7.1 points and 1.4 assists, shooting 50% from the floor.
Pierre Crockrell II leads his team in assists per contest (5), and also averages 4.8 points and 2.1 rebounds. Defensively, he puts up 1 steal and 0 blocked shots.
Antavion Collum is No. 1 on the Roadrunners in scoring (12.9 points per game), and puts up 5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He also averages 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Cameron Smith is averaging a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game. And he is delivering 8.6 points and 1.4 assists, making 37.7% of his shots from the field. Travis Henson is putting up 8.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game, making 48.9% of his shots from the floor. Marvin McGhee gets the Roadrunners 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest. He also posts 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
What you need to know about the UC Irvine Anteaters
In UC Irvine’s 20 Big West games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 12 times. Offensively, the Anteaters are scoring 75.1 points per game (102nd-ranked in college basketball). They are giving up 66.7 points per contest on defense (78th-ranked). UC Irvine is grabbing 33.8 boards per game (60th-ranked in college basketball). It is giving up 30.4 rebounds per contest (138th-ranked).
UC Irvine is 222nd in the country with 7 three-pointers per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 30th with a 37.5% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Anteaters are ceding 6.5 three-pointers per game (82nd-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing a 31.5% three-point percentage (55th-ranked).
The Anteaters have gone 7-3 in their past 10 contests, with a 3-7 record against the spread during that span. In its past 10 games, UC Irvine has gone over the total five times. UC Irvine has been putting up 71.8 points per contest in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s a little lower than the 75.1 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. UC Irvine has been less stingy on the defensive side of the ball as of late, allowing 68.2 points per game during its past 10 contests compared to the 66.7 points per game its opponents are averaging on the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners
So far this season, 13 out of CSU Bakersfield’s 21 Big West games with an over/under have gone over the point total. The Roadrunners are the -1-worst squad in college basketball in points scored (60.8 per game) and 34th in points allowed (64.3). On the glass, CSU Bakersfield is 327th in college basketball in rebounds (28.7 per game). It is 60th in rebounds conceded (29 per game).
CSU Bakersfield is the -1-worst squad in the country in 3-pointers made (4.4 per game) and 238th in 3-point percentage (33.1%). Defensively, the Roadrunners are 164th in the country in 3-pointers conceded per game at 7.1. They are 173rd in 3-point percentage conceded at 33.6%.
The Roadrunners are 6-4 against the spread and 4-6 overall over their last 10 games. In its past 10 contests, CSU Bakersfield has hit the over six times. CSU Bakersfield has played better offensively in its past 10 games, averaging 62.7 points per contest, 1.9 more than its season average of 60.8. The Roadrunners are giving up 65 points per game over their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 64.3 points allowed.
UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this game is UC Irvine, and we project that CSU Bakersfield will cover the spread (UC Irvine -12). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 127.5 points.
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