Check out our free UC Irvine vs Bakersfield pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Bakersfield. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

UC Irvine vs Bakersfield Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Anteaters vs Roadrunners Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UC Irvine Anteaters at Bakersfield Roadrunners
  • Where: Bakersfield at Icardo Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: UC Irvine -9.5, UCIRV -519 | CSU +377 O/U 126.5

Anteaters Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Bakersfield, the UC Irvine Anteaters will be taking the floor for the 13th time this season and have an overall record of 7-5. So far, the Anteaters have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 4-3. This season, UC Irvine has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 4-2. For today’s contest, UC Irvine have a betting line set -9.5 points in their favor.

UC Irvine will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer DJ Davis who is averaging 13.92 points per game for the Anteaters. Davis is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Anteaters’ offensive gameplan is the play of Dawson Baker who has hit 48.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.42 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for UC Irvine this season, as they are currently ranked 351st in college basketball at 66.2 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Anteaters’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.5%, placing them 346th in the NCAA.

Roadrunners Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Bakersfield Roadrunners are in the middle of a 5 game losing streak and have an overall record of 4-8. So far this season, Bakersfield has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-3. For the season, Bakersfield has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 2-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Roadrunners being +9.5 point underdogs.

Bakersfield’s leading scorer this season is Kaleb Higgins who is averaging 13.55 points per contest. So far, Higgins has accounted for 20.81% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.64 rebounds per game and 4.09 assists. Antavion Collum is the second leading scorer for the Roadrunners, averaging 7.5 points per game. Between him and Collum, they are accounting for 33.4% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Bakersfield this season, as they are currently ranked 401st in college basketball at 64.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Roadrunners’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.0%, placing them 464th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Bakersfield Roadrunners +9.5

Our analysis for this game between the Bakersfield Roadrunners and UC Irvine Anteaters points to Bakersfield covering the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. We see the line for this matchup being set too high, leaving an opportunity for Bakersfield to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Roadrunners are an excellent candidate to keep the final score closer than oddsmakers are expecting. In these situations, the better team’s pace of play can play a large role in them being able to cover such a large spread. However, given that both sides are near the NCAA average in possessions per game, Bakersfield won’t be forced to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Heading into the game, our model recommends locking in a bet on the Bakersfield Roadrunners at +9.5.

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