This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Cal Poly Mustangs and the UC Irvine Anteaters. This game will take place at the Bren Events Center at approximately 10:00 P.M EST.
Cal Poly Continues To StruggleThe Cal Poly Mustangs have looked like a terrible basketball team so far this season. The Mustangs have lost 14 of their first 18 games and they enter this game in poor form after losing to UC Riverside by 33 points on the road in their last game. In that game, Cal Poly's defense was terrible as it gave up 97 points while allowing the opposition to shoot 53.6% from the floor. Now, Cal Poly will be looking to back on track with a road game up next. However, Cal Poly has lost all ten road games up to this point so a victory in this spot would be a bit of a shock.
Leading the Mustangs offensively is sophomore guardJunior Ballard who has been good this season as he is averaging a team-high 11.2 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds. However, he is also averaging 1.9 turnovers which is tied for the most on the team so he will need to make smarter decisions with the ball in the future.
11:50 (Second Half) | Jamal Smith leads Cal Poly with 12 points, but the Mustangs still trail UC Riverside on ESPN3, 65-42:— Cal Poly Basketball (@calpolymbb) January 24, 2020
Live Stats: https://t.co/dmUHEZq8Ga pic.twitter.com/5jakhX3xKM
Cal Poly's most underrated player is freshman forwardKyle Colvinwho has been solid so far this season as he is averaging 7.8 points per game along with 4.6 rebounds. However, he is shooting just 37.4% from the floor so he has struggled with his consistency up to this point.
UC Irvine Looks For A Bounce Back WinThe UC Irvine Anteaters have looked like a slightly above average college basketball team so far this season. The Anteaters have won 11 of their first 20 games but they enter this game on a low note after losing to Long Beach State on the road by seven points in their last game. In that game, UC Irvine's offense struggled as it only scored 56 points while shooting just 33.8% from the floor. Now, the Anteaters will be looking to get a bounce back win on Saturday with a conference home game up next. Luckily, UC Irvine has won eight of its first ten home games this season so it should be able to receive a spark from its home crowd once again.
Leading the Anteaters offensively is sophomore forward Collin Welp who has been good this season. He is averaging a team-high 13.8 points per game along with 6.7 rebounds. In addition, he is shooting 49.0% from the floor and 46.8% from the three-point line so he has taken very smart shots up to this point.
Big Night in the Bren tomorrow😤🐜🍴 pic.twitter.com/2SZKnkW6SC— UCI Men's Basketball (@UCImbb) January 24, 2020
UC Irvine's most underrated player is senior guard Eyassu Worku who has been solid so far this season. He is averaging 12.3 points per game along with 3.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds. However, he is shooting just 40.9% from the floor so he has been a bit inefficient offensively.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Mustangs are 12-36-3 ATS in their last 51 games following a straight up loss.
- Anteaters are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
- Anteaters are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.