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UC Irvine Anteaters vs UC Riverside Highlanders Preview

UC Riverside HighlandersUC Irvine Anteaters
8-16February 15, 2014, 10:00 | Bren Events Center16-9

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for UC Riverside when they take on the UC Irvine Anteaters on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

The Highlanders will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 11-10 ATS against the number this season, while the Anteaters are 10-12 ATS. UC Riverside is 12-8 on the totals; UC Irvine is 5-17.

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

Bettors looking to side with UC Irvine in this one found them as -14-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Anteaters rated this week at No. 92 and the Highlanders sitting at No. 309.

UC Riverside lost its last outing, an 87-76 result against Hawaii on February 13. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. The Highlanders endured an 87-76 loss at the hands of the Warriors on Thursday, despite a 21-point effort from Chris Patton at Student Center.

UC Irvine was a 61-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UC Davis. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites. Chris McNealy scored 11 points leading the Anteaters to a 61-59 victory over UC Davis at UC Davis Pavilion on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and UC Irvine has the nation's No. 108-rated offensive output, at 73.04 PPG. The visiting Highlanders defense ranks No. 168 allowing on average 71.38 PPG. The Anteaters FG% has averaged 47.86% so far, more than the Highlanders marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.86% per game.

A few Highlanders at Anteaters trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
UC Riverside is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 5 games
UC Riverside is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
UC Irvine is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
UC Irvine is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of UC Irvine's last 9 games
UC Irvine is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
UC Riverside at Santa Barbara, Thursday, February 20th
UC Irvine at Hawaii, Friday, February 21st