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UC Irvine Anteaters vs Pepperdine Waves Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Pepperdine WavesUC Irvine Anteaters
5-4December 07, 2013, 10:00 | Bren Events Center5-4

The UC Irvine Anteaters will be trying to slam the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday when the teams tip off at Bren Events Center in college betting action.

The Anteaters currently sports a 5-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-4 ATS. The Waves are 5-4 and 5-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Anteaters produce a 2-6 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Waves have gone 5-2 against the number.

View Pepperdine Waves vs UC Irvine Anteaters Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Anteaters as -12-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

This game puts the Anteaters, most recently No. 66 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Waves, who rate No. 277 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Pepperdine, they were a 78-64 loser as they battled CS Fullerton at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. The Waves endured a 78-64 loss at the hands of the Titans on Wednesday, despite a 24-point effort from Brendan Lane at Firestone Fieldhouse.

UC Irvine was a 73-56 loser in their most recent outing on the road against California. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. The Anteaters got 13 points from Chris McNealy, but it was California that prevailed in a 73-56 final on Monday at Haas Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up UC Irvine's No. 34 nationally ranked offense (82.22 points per game) against a Waves defense that sits as the No. 154 at 71.67 PPG. The Anteaters have been averaging 48.56% from the field, less than the Waves have managed so far this season (50.95% on average).

A few Waves at Anteaters trends to consider:
Pepperdine is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Pepperdine is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Pepperdine is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Pepperdine is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing UC Irvine
UC Irvine is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UC Irvine's last 5 games
UC Irvine is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
UC Irvine is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Pepperdine

Next up:
Pepperdine at Washington State, Sunday, December 15th
UC Irvine at Eastern Washington, Sunday, December 15th