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Big West Tournament - Warriors open as college hoops underdog vs Anteaters

Hawaii WarriorsUC Irvine Anteaters
March 14, 11:30 PM | Honda Center

Hawaii Warriors vs UC Irvine Anteaters Odds

17-13TEAM RECORD18-14

Hawaii 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.

The Big West Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Honda Center).

Supporters of the Warriors have watched them go 17-13 and 14-13 ATS on the year, while the Anteaters are at 18-14 and 14-16 ATS. In totals betting, the Anteaters are 13-11, while the Warriors have a 12-13 mark.

View Hawaii vs UC Irvine Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Anteaters installed as 5.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Anteaters - Warriors odds would favor the Anteaters if the lines were set according to our power ranks. UC Irvine is rated No. 44 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Hawaii is at No. 159. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-72 win for the Anteaters.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits UC Irvine's No. 122-ranked offense, averaging 69.5 PPG, against a Warriors defense that ranks No. 302 at 72.2 PPG. The Anteaters field goal percentage has averaged 43.6% so far, less than the Warriors marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Hawaii owns the country's No. 330-rated mark, allowing 78.2 points per game on the highway. UC Irvine, on the other hand, rates No. 116 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Hawaii was an 88-75 loser on the road against CS Northridge. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. The Warriors wasted a 26-point performance from Christian Standhardinger in losing to CS Northridge 88-75 on Thursday at The Matadome.

Last time out for UC Irvine, they were an 88-85 winner as they battled UC Davis on the road. They covered in the match as a 1-point underdog. UC Irvine earned an 88-85 victory over UC Davis on Saturday, getting 18 points from Will Davis II at UC Davis Pavilion.

Hawaii Warriors Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing CS Northridge are 2-2
After a loss are 6-4

UC Irvine Anteaters Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing UC Davis are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

A few Warriors at Anteaters trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of UC Irvine's last 5 games
UC Irvine is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games