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UC Irvine vs UC Davis Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Anteaters vs Aggies Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UC Irvine Anteaters at UC Davis Aggies
- Where: Davis at University Credit Union Center
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: UC Irvine -2, UCIRV -137 | UCDV +113 O/U 143.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs UC Davis, the UC Irvine Anteaters will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 8-5. On the road, the Anteaters will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 5-3. So far, the Anteaters have been favored 7 times, going 5-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have UC Irvine as -2 point favorites.
UC Irvine’s leading scorer this season is Dawson Baker who is averaging 13.69 points per contest. So far, Baker has accounted for 17.61% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.0 rebounds per game and 0.62 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 35.1% 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 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.
The UC Davis Aggies head into today’s game in what will be their 14th game of the season, posting a record of 7-6. Currently, the Aggies have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 5-1. So far, the Aggies have been the underdog 5 times, going 1-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.
UC Davis will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Elijah Pepper who is averaging 19.73 points per game for the Aggies. Pepper 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 Aggies’ offensive gameplan is the play of Ty Johnson who has hit 47.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.25 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UC Davis this season, as they are currently ranked 304th in college basketball at 67.8 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 Aggies’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.3%, placing them 308th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: UC Irvine Anteaters -2
For this matchup, our college basketball betting model points to their being value in taking the UC Irvine on the spread as -2 point favorites over the UC Davis Aggies. Not only do we see the team continuing to perform well vs the spread on the road, as the school is 5-4-1 vs the spread (last 10), they are due to shut down a UC Davis unit that struggles with their outside shooting. Look for a good defensive effort to be the key reason that the Anteaters take care of business and cover as -2 point favorites.