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UC Irvine Anteaters face Pepperdine Waves: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

UC Irvine AnteatersPepperdine Waves
Nov 24, 10:00 PM | Firestone Fieldhouse

UC Irvine Anteaters vs Pepperdine Waves Odds


Pepperdine will look to improve on its 2-2 record on Saturday when they host UC Irvine in NCAA basketball odds action at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves sport records of 2-2 and 2-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Anteaters have 3-3 and 3-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 1-0 for the Waves and 0-0 for the Anteaters.

View UC Irvine vs Pepperdine Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Waves were listed as 3-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Waves - Anteaters odds would favor the Anteaters if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pepperdine is rated No. 229 in the current Odds Shark poll, while UC Irvine is at No. 193. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 83-63 win for the Anteaters.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Pepperdine's No. 177-rated squad against UC Irvine's No. 5-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Pepperdine rates No. 138 in the country with 6.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 100 nationally with 7 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, UC Irvine owns the country's No. 207-rated mark, allowing 71.3 points per game on the highway. Pepperdine, on the other hand, rates No. 309 in scoring at home.

UC Irvine was a 65-63 loser in its last match on the road against Sam Houston State. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. The Anteaters endured a 65-63 loss at the hands of the Bearkats on Wednesday, despite a 16-point effort from Chris McNealy at Bernard Johnson Coliseum.

Last time out for Pepperdine, they were a 57-53 winner as they battled Houston Baptist on the road. Pepperdine got 17 points from Lorne Jackson en route to a 57-53 victory over Houston Baptist on Tuesday at Sharp Gym.

UC Irvine Anteaters Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing UNLV are 1-3
After playing Sam Houston State are 0-2
After a loss are 4-6

Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Montana State are 1-1
After a win are 3-7

A few Anteaters at Waves trends to consider:
UC Irvine is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Pepperdine is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing UC Irvine
Pepperdine is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing UC Irvine
Pepperdine is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games

Next up:
UC Irvine at UNLV, Wednesday, November 28
Pepperdine at Montana State, Thursday, November 29