UC Riverside vs UC Irvine Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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The UC Riverside Highlanders (20-10, 13-5 Big West) will attempt to build on a four-game winning streak when hosting the UC Irvine Anteaters (20-10, 13-5 Big West) on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at UCR Student Recreation Center. It airs at 10:00 PM ET on ESPN+.

The Highlanders are currently slight 1.5-point favorites over the Anteaters. The over/under is 145.5 points for the matchup.

UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Odds

Point Spread for UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine

The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with sportsbooks listing UC Riverside as the favorite.

UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Moneyline

As for the moneyline, UC Riverside has -127 odds to pick up the win, while UC Irvine is listed at +107 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 145.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Riverside, California
  • Arena: UCR Student Recreation Center

UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Betting Trends

UC Riverside has 17 wins against the spread in 29 games this year. The Highlanders have come away with 11 wins in the 15 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. UC Riverside’s games this year have gone over the point total 17 times in 28 opportunities (60.7%).

UC Irvine has played 28 games, with 14 wins, against the spread. The Anteaters have gone 2-5 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 28.6% of those games). UC Irvine’s games this season have gone over the point total 18 times in 28 opportunities (64.3%).

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UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Key Players to Watch

UC Riverside

Flynn Cameron puts up 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. At the other end, he posts 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Lachlan Olbrich puts up a team-leading 6 rebounds per game. He is also putting up 11.8 points and 1.5 assists, shooting 48.3% from the field. Kyle Owens posts 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest. Defensively, he puts up 0.3 steals and 0 blocked shots.

UC Irvine

Dawson Baker is the Anteaters’ top scorer (15.8 points per game) and assist man (1.1), and produces 3.4 rebounds. The Anteaters get 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from DJ Davis. Devin Tillis tops the Anteaters in rebounding (6.1 per game), and posts 7.4 points and 1.5 assists. He also puts up 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Pierre Crockrell II paces the Anteaters in assists (5.1 per game), and posts 5 points and 2 rebounds. He also puts up 1 steal and 0 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the UC Riverside Highlanders

UC Riverside has covered 11 times in 18 chances against the spread in conference play this season. The Highlanders are averaging 72.3 points per game (170th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 68.7 points per contest (136th-ranked). UC Riverside is pulling down 33 rebounds per game (109th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 28.4 rebounds per contest (43rd-ranked).

The Highlanders put up 76.6 points per game when playing at home, compared to 68.9 points per game away from home, a difference of 7.7 points per contest. UC Riverside is sinking 8.3 treys per game (76th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while owning a 36.4% three-point percentage (66th-ranked). The Highlanders are top-25 this season in three-pointers allowed, currently 11th-best in college basketball with 5.4 threes allowed per game. Meanwhile, they rank 177th with a 33.7% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.

The Highlanders have gone 6-4 over their past 10 contests, with a 5-5 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 contests, UC Riverside has hit the over five times. In its last 10 games, UC Riverside has been racking up 71.7 points per contest, an average that’s slightly lower than the 72.3 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. UC Riverside’s defense has been more porous as of late, as the team has given up 69.3 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 68.7 points per game its opponents average this season.

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What you need to know about the UC Irvine Anteaters

UC Irvine has covered eight times in 18 matchups with a spread in conference play this season. With 75.9 points scored per game and 67.5 points allowed, the Anteaters are 84th in college basketball offensively and 100th defensively. On the glass, UC Irvine is 59th in college basketball in rebounds (34 per game). It is 144th in rebounds conceded (30.5 per game).

The Anteaters are putting up more points at home (78.6 per game) than on the road (72.1). In 2022-23 UC Irvine is 215th in the country in 3-point makes (7.1 per game) and 20th-best in 3-point percentage (37.8%). In 2022-23, the Anteaters are 98th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (6.6 per game) and 92nd in defensive 3-point percentage (32.3%).

The Anteaters have a 4-6 record against the spread while finishing 7-3 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 games, UC Irvine has hit the over six times. In its previous 10 games, UC Irvine is scoring 74.8 points per game, 1.1 fewer points than its season average (75.9). In their past 10 games, the Anteaters are allowing 68.9 points per contest, 1.4 more points than their season average (67.5).

UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is UC Riverside, and we project that UC Irvine will cover the spread (UC Riverside -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 145.5 points.

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How to bet UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine

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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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