UC Irvine vs CSU Bakersfield Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Saturday, March 4, 2023

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The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (10-20, 6-13 Big West) will be attempting to end a four-game losing streak when hitting the road against the UC Irvine Anteaters (21-10, 14-5 Big West) on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Bren Events Center. It airs at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN+.

Saturday’s game between the Anteaters and the Roadrunners sees the Anteaters as a gigantic, 16.5-point favorite. The over/under is 134.5 points for the matchup.

UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Odds

Point Spread for UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield

The spread for this matchup is set at 16.5 points, with oddsmakers listing UC Irvine as the favorite.

UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Moneyline

As for the moneyline, UC Irvine has -1916 odds to pick up the win, while CSU Bakersfield is listed at +992 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 134.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Irvine, California
  • Arena: Bren Events Center

UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Betting Trends

UC Irvine is 15-14-0 against the spread this season. The Anteaters have been favorites in 21 games this season and have come away with the win 16 times (76.2%) in those contests. UC Irvine’s games this year have gone over the point total 64.3% of the time (18 out of 28 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, CSU Bakersfield is 12-16-0 this year. The Roadrunners have a 6-19 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 24% of those games). CSU Bakersfield’s games this season have gone over the point total 57.1% of the time (16 out of 28 games with a set point total).

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UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Key Players to Watch

UC Irvine

Dawson Baker paces the Anteaters at 15.6 points per game, while also putting up 1.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds. DJ Davis puts up 15.6 points and 1.4 assists per game — both team highs. He is also posting 2.2 rebounds, shooting 41.6% from the floor and 40.3% from downtown with 2.6 made 3-pointers per game. Devin Tillis puts up a team-high 6.1 rebounds per contest. He is also putting up 7.1 points and 1.4 assists, shooting 50% from the floor. Pierre Crockrell II averages a team-leading 5 assists per contest. He is also posting 4.9 points and 2.2 rebounds, shooting 42.4% from the floor.

CSU Bakersfield

Antavion Collum leads the Roadrunners in scoring (12.6 points per game) and assists (1.4), and posts 5 rebounds. He also posts 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Cameron Smith is posting a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game. And he is contributing 8.4 points and 1.4 assists, making 38% of his shots from the field. Travis Henson is posting 8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists per contest, making 51.2% of his shots from the field. The Roadrunners get 9.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game from Marvin McGhee.

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What you need to know about the UC Irvine Anteaters

UC Irvine has won nine games against the spread in conference play this season, while failing to cover 10 times. On offense, the Anteaters are averaging 75.9 points per game (80th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing 67.4 points per contest at the other end of the court (99th-ranked). So far this season, UC Irvine is averaging 34 rebounds per game (59th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 30.5 rebounds per contest (142nd-ranked).

The Anteaters score 78.6 points per game when playing at home, compared to 72.3 points per game in away games, a difference of 6.3 points per contest. UC Irvine ranks 21st-best in college basketball with a three-point shooting percentage of 37.9%. It ranks 224th in college basketball by sinking 7 treys per contest. The Anteaters are giving up 6.7 treys per game (113th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing a 32% three-point percentage (71st-ranked).

The Anteaters are 4-6 against the spread and 7-3 overall in their past 10 games. Five of UC Irvine’s past 10 contests have hit the over. On offense, UC Irvine has struggled over its last 10 games, scoring 74.2 points per contest over that span compared to the 75.9 it has racked up over the course of this season. UC Irvine has been more porous on defense lately, giving up 69.8 points per game over its past 10 outings compared to the 67.4 points per game its opponents average over the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners

CSU Bakersfield is 9-10-0 ATS in conference play this season. On offense, the Roadrunners are the second-worst team in the country (61.6 points per game). On defense, they are 45th (65.3 points conceded per game). On the glass, CSU Bakersfield is 320th in the country in rebounds (28.8 per game). It is 60th in rebounds conceded (29.1 per game).

The Roadrunners score 64.5 points per game at home, and 58.5 on the road. Beyond the arc, CSU Bakersfield is worst in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (4.6). It is ranked 174th in 3-point percentage at 34.4%. The Roadrunners give up 7.3 3-pointers per game and concede 34.2% from beyond the arc, ranking 195th and 205th, respectively, in the country.

The Roadrunners are 6-4 against the spread and 4-6 overall over their past 10 games. Eight of CSU Bakersfield’s last 10 contests have hit the over. In its last 10 games, CSU Bakersfield is posting 68.3 points per contest, 6.7 more than its season average (61.6). In their previous 10 games, the Roadrunners are surrendering 69.9 points per contest, 4.6 more points than their season average (65.3).

UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is UC Irvine, and we expect that CSU Bakersfield will cover the spread (UC Irvine -16.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 134.5 points.

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How to bet UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield

You can bet on UC Irvine vs. CSU Bakersfield at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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