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UC Irvine Anteaters take on Highlanders in NCAA basketball test

UC Irvine AnteatersUC Riverside Highlanders
10-7January 11, 2014, 10:00 | Student Center5-10

The UC Riverside Highlanders hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the UC Irvine Anteaters pay a visit to Student Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Highlanders bring a 5-10 record (6-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 10-7 Anteaters, who are 7-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed UC Riverside go 6-5 so far and the Anteaters go 3-11.

View UC Irvine Anteaters vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the UC Riverside Highlanders as 5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Highlanders sit at No. 191 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Anteaters sit at No. 105 on the same chart.

Last time out for UC Irvine, they were a 46-44 winner as they battled Long Beach State on the road. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. Chris McNealy scored 12 points leading the Anteaters to a 46-44 victory over Long Beach State at The Walter Pyramid on Thursday.

UC Riverside lost its last outing, a 78-73 result against CS Fullerton on January 9. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. UC Riverside got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Taylor Johns in a losing cause in their 78-73 loss to CS Fullerton on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits UC Riverside's No. 220-ranked offense, averaging 67.47 PPG, against a Anteaters defense that ranks No. 110 at 68.41 PPG. The Highlanders field goal percentage has averaged 42.84% so far, less than the Anteaters marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.21% per game.

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

Next up:
UC Irvine home to CS Fullerton, Thursday, January 16th
UC Riverside at UC Davis, Thursday, January 16th