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Big West Conference Tournament - Highlanders open as college hoops underdog vs Anteaters

UC Riverside HighlandersUC Irvine Anteaters
10-20March 13, 2014, 09:00 | Honda Center22-10



UC Riverside pays a visit to UC Irvine on Thursday, hoping to send the Anteaters to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Honda Center.

Supporters of the Highlanders have watched them go 10-20 and 15-12 ATS on the year, while the Anteaters are at 22-10 and 15-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Anteaters are 6-23, while the Highlanders have a 14-13 mark.View UC Riverside Highlanders vs UC Irvine Anteaters Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Anteaters as -10-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 41-rated Anteaters and the No. 266-ranked Highlanders, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

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UC Riverside was a 74-67 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Long Beach State. They covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. Steven Thornton scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Highlanders to a win (they lost 74-67 to Long Beach State at The Walter Pyramid on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UC Irvine's No. 126-ranked scoring average of 71.66 PPG, against a Highlanders defense rated No. 175 and allowing 71.7 PPG. The Anteaters FG% has averaged 47.44% to date this season, more than the Highlanders shooters have managed so far (43.7% per game).

A few Highlanders at Anteaters trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
UC Riverside is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 6 games
UC Riverside is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing UC Irvine
UC Irvine is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
UC Irvine is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of UC Irvine's last 10 games
UC Irvine is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing UC Riverside

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