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UC Irvine favored by -7 against Hawaii on Saturday

Hawaii WarriorsUC Irvine Anteaters
13-5January 25, 2014, 10:00 | Bren Events Center13-7

The UC Irvine Anteaters will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Hawaii Warriors at Bren Events Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Warriors will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 10-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Anteaters are 9-8 ATS. Hawaii is 7-5 against the total, while UC Irvine is 3-14 versus the number.

View Hawaii Warriors vs UC Irvine Anteaters Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, UC Irvine sat as -7-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 106-rated Anteaters and the No. 98-ranked Warriors, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Hawaii, they were a 90-73 winner as they battled UC Davis on the road. They covered in the match as a 7-point favorite. UC Davis was victimized for 22 points and 10 rebounds by Christian Standhardinger as the Warriors bested the Aggies 90-73 in college basketball action on Thursday.

UC Irvine was a 72-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against CS Northridge. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as favorites. Luke Nelson scored 14 points leading the Anteaters to a 72-66 victory over CS Northridge at Bren Events Center on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature UC Irvine's No. 15-rated squad against Hawaii's No. 148-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, UC Irvine rates No. 145 in the country with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 133 nationally with 6.06 per match.

A few Warriors at Anteaters trends to consider:
Hawaii is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Hawaii's last 5 games
Hawaii is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Hawaii is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
UC Irvine is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
UC Irvine is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games at home
UC Irvine is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Hawaii

Next up:
Hawaii home to Long Beach State, Friday, January 31st
UC Irvine at Santa Barbara, Thursday, January 30th