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#815 Cal Riverside 128.5 vs.
#816 Cal Irvine -9.5
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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UC Riverside Highlanders vs UC Irvine Anteaters

Where: Bren Events Center, Irvine, CA

When: Saturday, January 18, 10:30 PM. ET.

The UC Irvine Anteaters will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the UC Riverside Highlanders on Saturday night.

Highlanders Going For Fourth Win In Five Games

The Highlanders had their three-game winning streak snapped by CSU Northridge in their last game and will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Anteaters, which will give them their fourth win in their last five games.

UC Riverside has struggled offensively, averaging 65.6 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They finished with 68 points in their last game and will need to do a better job offensively if they want to get past the Anteaters.

Angus McWilliam led the way for the Highlanders with 15 points and eight rebounds. Callum McRae finished with 14 points and three rebounds, while Dikymbe Martin added 13 points and three assists for the Highlanders.

UC Riverside is one of the best defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 59.3 points per game. They gave up 80 points in their last game and will need to play significantly better if they want to get the win.

Anteaters Going For 12th Consecutive Win Over Highlanders

The Anteaters have dominated their series with the Highlanders, winning the last 11 games between the two teams. They will be going for their second win in a row and 12th straight win over the Highlanders when they play on Saturday.

UC Irvine has played well offensively, averaging 74.6 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. They finished with 74 points in their last game and will need another solid performance to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Collin Welp led the way for the Anteaters with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Eyassu Worku finished with 20 points and two assists, while Evan Leonard added 17 points and three rebounds for the Anteaters.

UC Irvine has also played well defensively, holding opponents to 66.4 points per game. They gave up 61 points in their last game and will need another good defensive effort to beat the Highlanders on Saturday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Highlanders haven’t played well offensively, averaging 65.6 points per game. They are averaging 58 points per game in their last eight road games and will struggle to score against the Anteaters, who are holding opponents to 66.4 points per game. Even though they have played well defensively and are holding opponents to 59.3 points per game, the Highlanders will have a hard time slowing down the Anteaters, who are averaging 74.6 points per game because they are giving up 66.7 points per game in their last 10 road games. The Anteaters also do a better job rebounding the ball, averaging 41.3 rebounds per game to the Highlanders’ 37.4 rebounds per game and will have more scoring opportunities. With the Anteaters winning the last 11 meetings between the two teams, UC Irvine is the best bet.

Prediction: UC Irvine Anteaters

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Anteaters have played well offensively, averaging 74.6 points per game. But, they will be held under their season average by the Highlanders, who are giving up 59.3 points per game and 66.7 points per game in their last 10 road games. The Highlanders have struggled offensively, averaging 65.6 points per game, and will have a hard time hitting their season average against the Anteaters, who are holding opponents to 66.4 points per game and 63.5 points per game in their last four games. With the two teams playing under the total in four of their last five games, the under is the smart play here.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Highlanders will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Anteaters in the first half of their last three games, averaging 34.3 points per game while the Anteaters average 33 points per game.

Prediction: UC Riverside Highlanders

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The Anteaters and Highlanders are averaging 67.3 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.