UC Irvine Anteaters (0-3) vs Texas San Antonio Road Runners (4-0)Date : 11/19/2018
Time : 1:30 pm EST
Location : Convocation center, San Antonio, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
UC Irvine Anteaters vs Texas San Antonio Road Runners
The Anteaters of UC Irvine will travel to the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas, to battle the Roadrunners of the University of Texas at San Antonio on Monday night at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Anteaters continue to pick up wins to begin the season as they have won four straight with their last being a 61-49 road win over the Santa Clara Broncos on November 15th as their offense only shot 38% from the floor for the night; However, they held the Broncos to only 29% shooting from the floor en route to the victory.
On the other hand, the San Antonio Roadrunners lost their third straight game to begin the season in suffering an 82-60 road lost to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 14th. In this game, the Roadrunners continue to struggle on both sides of the ball as their offense shot 30% from the floor for the game while the defense allowed the Cowboys to shoot 50% from the field as well as from the three-point line.
UC Irvine Anteaters's Latest Performance :
The Anteaters of UC Irvine has begun the season at 4-0 as they have not only been a solid team at home, but, on the road as well. They were victorious on the road over the Texas A&M Aggies on November 9th while following up this effort with a 61-49 road win over the Broncos of Santa Clara University in their last outing. After a close first half to where the Broncos went up by 2 points at the half, the Anteaters came out in the second half and took control of the game by outscoring the home team 37-23 in the second half en route to the much-needed victory.
Collin Welp led the team in scoring with 12 points on the night while Max Hazzard along with Eyassu Worku had 11 points on the night in the win. Hazzard leads the team in scoring with 12 points per outing and will certainly need to bring his experience and leadership into this matchup versus the Roadrunners as they will certainly seek to obtain a much-needed win to begin the week.
The defense for the anteaters are ranked in the top 35 in points allowed with 61 points per game along with field goal percentage allowed per game with 35%. They May certainly find success versus a UTSA team that has struggled mightily on offense all season.
Texas San Antonio Road Runners's Latest Performance :
The Roadrunners of UTSA have not been able to get it going this season as they are averaging only 68 points per game on offense while allowing their opponents to score 82 points thus far. In their last outing, they suffered an 82-60 road lost to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 14th as the offense struggled, once again, on shooting 32% for the night along with being 19% from 3 point range in the blowout defeat. On the other hand, they allowed Oklahoma State to feast from the floor as well as from the three-point arc as they were on fire for the night. Cameron McGriff score 20 points for Oklahoma State while also pulling down 10 rebounds while Byron Frohnen led the Roadrunners with 11 points along with nine rebounds on the night.
In all, the Roadrunners have not been able to right the ship thus far in the season as they have struggled on both sides of the ball, as stated, and will certainly look to improve upon this versus a UC Irvine team that has been exceptional on the defensive end this year while also shooting 50% from the floor on offense.
How UC Irvine Anteaters & Texas San Antonio Road Runners Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
UC Irvine is 3-0 ATS while the OU is 2-1
Texas San Antonio is 0-2 ATS while the OU is 0-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
It looks as if the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners will struggle in their 2018 campaign while the UC Irvine Anteaters will be looking for bigger and better things as they have been clicking on all cylinders as a team thus far. With that being said, look for UC Irvine to come into this game with a bit of confidence after their fast start to the season; However, look for the Roadrunners to play better at home as they are desperately in need of a win in which to obtain some confidence.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: UC Irvine anteaters
My reason for the pick :
Look for UC Irvine to dominate this game from start to finish as the Roadrunners have proven that they will certainly continue to have problems on both ends of the floor due to a lack of experience and leadership. With that being the case, look for the Anteaters to take advantage of this early and often as they will begin to pull away at the half. In all, they will use this halftime lead in which to continue to hammer the Roadrunners into submission in what will be an all important win on Monday afternoon.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the under in this matchup as you have a struggling offense in UTSA that will be going up against a top-tier defense in UC Irvine. On the other hand, while the offense for UC Irvine can indeed put points on the board and will certainly run away with the win at some point in this matchup, their offensive output will not cause the total to be surpassed for the contest. In all, expect this to be a low-scoring game highly in favor of the Anteaters.
Betting trends for UC Irvine Anteaters:
- Under is 7-1 in Anteaters last 8 Mon. games.
- Under is 17-7 in Anteaters last 24 overall.
Betting trends for Texas San Antonio Road Runners:
- Under is 19-7 in RoadRunners last 26 overall.