UC Irvine Anteaters vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 11/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UC Irvine Anteaters vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Odds/Point Spread: UC Irvine (+13.5)
The San Diego State Aztecs (30-2 last year) play the UC Irvine Anteaters (21-11 last season) at Viejas Arena on Friday. The line on this matchup has San Diego State as 13.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 136.
UC Irvine enters this contest after finishing with a win-loss record of 21-11 last season. The Anteaters shot 35.4% on three-point attempts (198 of 559) and 73.9% from the charity stripe. They had an average of 74.0 points per game (102nd in D-1) while hitting 47.3% from the field. They lost possession via turnover 13.8 times per contest and as a group committed 18.4 fouls every game. As a basketball team, UC Irvine pulled down 39.5 boards per game and accounted for 475 dimes last season, which was 34th in Division 1 in terms of passing. When they were on defense, the Anteaters forced 11.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they drew 16.3 personal fouls. They were 56th in the nation in allowing assists 343 relinquished last season. The Anteaters gave up a FG percentage of 38.8% (708 of 1,827) and they surrendered 30.2 boards per contest as a group. They surrendered 35.0% on 3-point shots and they were ranked 62nd in the country in PPG allowed (65.2).
The UC Irvine Anteaters stepped onto the hardwood against the Pepperdine Waves and took a loss by a score of 86-72 in their last game. UC Irvine ended with a 39.1% FG percentage (27 of 69) and made 6 out of their 15 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Anteaters buried 12 of 14 attempts for a rate of 85.7%. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they earned 31 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 16 assists for the matchup in addition to getting 6 steals and 3 rejections. In reference to defense, UC Irvine allowed the other team to shoot 39.1% from the field on 27 of 69. Pepperdine doled out 17 assists and 5 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Waves pulled down 37 rebounds (12 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Pepperdine walked away from this one shooting 93.3% from the charity stripe by converting 14 of 15 attempts. They knocked down 8 out of their 24 attempts from downtown.
Brad Greene is someone who played a role for this game. He accounted for 20 points on 10 of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 23 mins played and also pulled down 9 boards. Greene walked away from this one shooting 62.5% from the floor and earned 2 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Anteaters was Collin Welp. He grabbed 5 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He finished 25.0% from the field for the matchup by shooting 4-of-16 (11 points). When the final whistle was blown, Welp played for 21 min.
San Diego State had a record of 30-2 last year. San Diego State totaled 2,395 pts last season (74.8 per contest) and they averaged 35.0 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Aztecs connected on 46.8% from the field, which ranked them 34th in college basketball. The Aztecs committed 16.7 fouls per contest while shooting 77.1% from the charity stripe. They dished out assists 14.8 times per contest (47th in college hoops) and they turned the ball over 10.8 times per game. The Aztecs defensively were ranked 3rd in Division 1 in PPG surrendered with 59.5. They conceded 11.0 dimes and 31.7 total rebounds per game, which was ranked 56th and 39th in the nation. The San Diego State defense conceded 29.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (213 of 717) and opponents connected on 72.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They forced 14.1 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 38.7% from the floor (10th in Division 1).
When they last stepped on the court, the San Diego State Aztecs got the victory with a final of 73-58 when they played the UCLA Bruins. The Aztecs were able to collect 20 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 30 in the matchup. They stuffed 2 attempts while earning 5 steals for this contest. The Bruins had 18 personal fouls for this game which took the Aztecs to the free throw line for a total of 12 tries. They were able to bury 10 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 83.3%. Concerning three-point shots, San Diego State buried 9 of 23 tries (39.1%). In all, the Aztecs shot 27 for 58 from the floor which had them at 46.6%. The Aztecs allowed the Bruins to knock down 17 out of their 43 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.5% for this game. They went 33.3% from distance by shooting 7 out of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 17 of 24 from the free throw line (70.8%). When it comes to rebounds, San Diego State allowed UCLA to snag 26 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Malachi Flynn saw the court a lot for the Aztecs in this game. He knocked down 7 of 13 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 53.8%, which got him 22 points. Flynn totaled 5 boards in his 35 minutes and had 5 assists for the matchup. One more player that was pivotal for San Diego State was KJ Feagin. He accumulated 21 points in 35 minutes played by way of 8 out of 15 shooting in this game. Feagin ended up shooting 53.3% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Diego State (-13.5)
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