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CS Northridge Matadors host UC Irvine Anteaters in college basketball action

UC Irvine AnteatersCS Northridge Matadors
18-9February 22, 2014, 10:30 | The Matadome13-15

College hoops betting interest focuses on the CS Northridge vs UC Irvine battle Saturday at The Matadome as the Matadors look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Anteaters will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 12-12 ATS against the number this season, while the Matadors are 7-13 ATS. UC Irvine is 5-19 on the totals; CS Northridge is 9-10.

View UC Irvine Anteaters vs CS Northridge Matadors Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Anteaters were listed as -6-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Matadors at No. 230 and the Anteaters at No. 62 heading into this contest.

Last time out for UC Irvine, they were a 60-56 winner as they battled Hawaii on the road. They covered in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. Luke Nelson scored 12 points leading the Anteaters to a 60-56 victory over Hawaii at Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday.

CS Northridge was a 96-88 loser in its last match on the road against Idaho. CS Northridge got 21 points from Stephen Maxwell but lost anyway, 96-88, to Idaho on Tuesday at Cowan Spectrum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and CS Northridge has the nation's No. 63-rated offensive output, at 75.11 PPG. The visiting Anteaters defense ranks No. 51 allowing on average 65.93 PPG. The Matadors FG% has averaged 45.17% so far, less than the Anteaters marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.36% per game.

A few Anteaters at Matadors trends to consider:
UC Irvine is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UC Irvine's last 5 games
UC Irvine is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
UC Irvine is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
CS Northridge is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
CS Northridge is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of CS Northridge's last 6 games at home
CS Northridge is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing UC Irvine

Next up:
UC Irvine at Santa Barbara, Thursday, February 27th
CS Northridge at CS Fullerton, Thursday, February 27th