UC Irvine Anteaters (3-0) vs Santa Clara Broncos (0-1)Date : 11/15/2018
Time : 10:00 pm EST
Location : Leavy Center, Santa Clara, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
UC Irvine Anteaters vs Santa Clara Broncos
The California Irvine Anteaters will travel to Leavy Center in Santa Clara, California, to battle the Broncos of Santa Clara on Thursday night at 10 pm EST. The Anteaters are coming off their third win of the season with an 87-53 home win over the Life Pacific Warriors on Monday night as they shot 55% from the field while holding Life Pacific to only 30% shooting from the floor.
The Broncos loss their first and only game of the season on November 9th as they were blown out by the Prairie View A&M Panthers by an 81-64 score as reserve Keyshawn Justice led the team with 15 points while Tahj Eaddy had 13 points in defeat. The Broncos heavily outrebounded the Panthers in this game by a 40-29 margin, despite having 19 turnovers for the game compared to only nine for Prairie View A&M.
UC Irvine Anteaters's Latest Performance :
UC Irvine’s ability to play defense has them in a position to go 4-0 for the season with a win over the Santa Clara Broncos on Thursday night. The unit is allowing just 65 points per game while the offense is putting up a tad over 80 points per outing. With that being said, their offense put up 87 on Life Pacific in their last outing while only allowing the visitors to go 30% from the field in the victory.
Robert Cartwright along with Collin Welp each had 15 points in the win while Jonathan Callaway chipped in 11 points along with 14 rebounds. The highlight of the year so far for the Anteaters was their 74-73 road win over the Texas A&M Aggies on November 9th as their defense was also solid in an all-important victory.
Santa Clara Broncos's Latest Performance :
Prairie View A&M played like champs versus the Santa Clara Broncos as they held the home team to only 38% shooting for the night while also allowing them to nail just eight of 30 attempts from long range. The Broncos won the rebounding battle by a 40-29 margin, however, committed 19 turnovers for the contest while shooting up 60% from the free throw line.
The Aggies, on the other hand, connected on over 50% of their shots while also getting 30 points along with 8 rebounds from Gary Blackston. In all, the Broncos played a horrible outing versus the Aggies and will look to get back on track versus the Anteaters of UC Irvine, who are allowing opponents to shoot just 37% from the field for the year.
How UC Irvine Anteaters & Santa Clara Broncos Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
UC Irvine is 2-0 ATS while the OU is 2-0
Santa Clara is 0-1 ATS while the OU is 1-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Anteaters will be looking to play their style of game throughout in this matchup. Santa Clara came out of the gate struggling on both ends of the court and will be looking to have a much better performance in this matchup. Expect this game to be interesting, however, as UC Irvine has a great nucleus and will certainly bring their A game versus a Broncos team that will seemingly have issues all year long if they do not become more efficient in scoring along with stopping their opponent on a more consistent basis.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: UC Irvine Anteaters
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Anteaters in this matchup as they are simply the better team. Also, with the Broncos falling at home to their opponents from the MEAC in North Carolina A&T, this team really has issues that will further be exposed by facing a team such as UC Irvine. In all, take the home team to remain undefeated while winning their fourth straight to begin the season.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the home team to have yet another great night on offense as the Broncos certainly have issues in defending the perimeter. Of course, the Broncos will attempt to remain competitive by putting some points on the board, however, expect the home team to control of the pace of this game from the start. In other words, the scoreboard will light up early and often in favor of UC Irvine all night.
Betting trends for UC Irvine Anteaters:
- The Broncos of 0-4 ATS in last four games
- The over is 6-2 in Broncos last eight games
Betting trends for Santa Clara Broncos:
- The Anteaters are 6-2 ATS in last eight games
- The over is 4-2 in Anteaters last six games