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

UC Irvine vs California-San Diego Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds

Anteaters vs Tritons Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UC Irvine Anteaters at California-San Diego Tritons
  • Where: San Diego at LionTree Arena
  • Date: Thursday, February 2nd
  • Betting Odds: UC Irvine -7, UCIRV -318 | UCSD +246 O/U 139.5

Anteaters Preview:

The UC Irvine Anteaters head into today’s game in what will be their 22nd game of the season, posting a record of 14-7. On the road, the Anteaters will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 7-4. So far, the Anteaters have been favored 15 times, going 11-4 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have UC Irvine as -7 point favorites.

UC Irvine’s leading scorer this season is Dawson Baker, who is averaging 14.38 points per contest. So far, Baker has accounted for 18.76% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.29 rebounds per game and 0.9 assists. DJ Davis is the second leading scorer for the Anteaters, averaging 13.62 points per game. Between him and Davis, they are accounting for 36.5% of the team’s scoring.

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 they 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.

Tritons Preview:

California-San Diego heads into this matchup having played 22 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-14. Currently, the Tritons have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 3-7. So far, the Tritons have been the underdog 18 times, going 5-13 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7 underdogs on the spread.

California-San Diego will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Bryce Pope who is averaging 18.81 points per game for the Tritons. Pope 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 Tritons’ offensive game plan is the play of Roddie Anderson III who has hit 39.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.18 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, California-San Diego will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Tritons are ranked 233rd at 70.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 460th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, California-San Diego is close to the NCAA average at 37.0%.

Free Spread Prediction: UC Irvine Anteaters -7

Based on our analysis, we feel good about taking the UC Irvine Anteaters to take care of business in their matchup vs California-San Diego. Heading into action, UC Irvine is favored to win, with a point spread sitting at -7. Not only does the team have a good track record vs the spread on the road of late 6-4, but they are also doing a good job getting to the line this season. Look for their ability to rack up points at the charity stripe to play a big role in the Anteaters’ coming away with the win and covering the spread.