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Anteaters vs 49ers College Hoops Game Preview

UC Irvine AnteatersLong Beach State 49ers
March 10, 3:00 PM | Honda Center

UC Irvine Anteaters vs Long Beach State 49ers Odds

13-18TEAM RECORD20-10

Long Beach State will look to improve on its 20-10 record on Thursday when they host UC Irvine in NCAAB odds action at Honda Center.

It's a game in the Big West Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Honda Center.

The 49ers bring a 20-10 record (13-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 13-18 Anteaters, who are 10-13 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Long Beach State go 6-13-1 so far and the Anteaters go 11-10-1.

View UC Irvine vs Long Beach State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 10-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the 49ers, most recently No. 73 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Anteaters, who rate No. 202 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 77-74 victory for the 49ers.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Anteaters is ranked No. 119 in NCAA hoops at 35.9 per game. Contrast that with Long Beach State’s No. 79 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Long Beach State is the No. 155-ranked team in the country at 6.3 per game, while UC Irvine rates No. 68 at 7.5 per game.

Defensively, UC Irvine features the nation's No. 289-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.9 points per game. Long Beach State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 121 nationally in scoring at home.

UC Irvine lost its last outing, a 75-66 result against UC Riverside on March 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. UC Irvine got 20 points from Eric Wise but lost anyway, 75-66, to UC Riverside on Saturday at Student Center.

Last time out for Long Beach State, they were an 82-76 winner as they battled UC Riverside on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. The 49ers got 24 points from Greg Plater as Long Beach State ran past UC Riverside 82-76 on Wednesday at Student Center.

UC Irvine Anteaters Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
After playing UC Riverside are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Long Beach State 49ers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing UC Riverside are 5-5
After a win are 9-1

A few Anteaters at 49ers trends to consider:
Long Beach State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Long Beach State's last 6 games
Long Beach State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing UC Irvine