pepperdine vs uc irvine ncaab prediction

NCAAB: Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine Prediction 11/21/2023

The Pepperdine Waves (2-2) travel to face off against the UC Irvine Anteaters (2-1) on Tuesday, November 21st. This game will be played at Dollar Loan Center in Henderson and televised on ESPN+. UC Irvine is coming off a win in their previous game, while Pepperdine is looking to get back on track from a loss to the UNLV. Tip-off is set for 8:45 ET.

Pepperdine Waves vs UC Irvine Anteaters

The Pepperdine Waves Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

As they prepare for their 5th game of the season, Pepperdine currently holds a 2-2 record. In their last five road games, which includes those from last year, Pepperdine has failed to secure a win, going 0-5. As Pepperdine enters today’s game, their ATS record stands at 2-2. Over their past ten games, which includes the previous season, Pepperdine has gone 6-3 vs. the spread.

Pepperdine comes in with an over/under record of 2-2-0 through four games, with their games averaging a combined 144.2 points per game so far. The Waves have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 77 points per game.

The UC Irvine Anteaters Are Coming Off A Win

Today marks UC Irvine’s fourth game of the season, with a current record of 2-1. In the three previous instances where UC Irvine was favored, they went 1-2. UC Irvine has a 2-1 record against the spread heading into today’s game. Over their last three games, including last season, the team has gone 1-1 ATS with an average scoring margin of +21.

So far, UC Irvine’s games have averaged 143.7 points per game with the average over/under line being 136.8 points. The Anteaters have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 81 points per game and an over/under record of 2-2.

Pepperdine Offense Breakdown

In their recent matchup, the Pepperdine offense ended with 68 points against UNLV. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 44.1% and made 7 threes. Michael Ajayi led the team in scoring, putting up 31 points. Additionally, Houston Mallette contributed 26 points for the Waves.

Houston Mallette (G) 20.2 3.8 0.8
Michael Ajayi (G) 17.2 11.2 1.4
Malik Moore (G) 11.0 3.2 3.2

UC Irvine Offense Breakdown

In their latest game, UC Irvine offense put up 70 points against USC. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 38.7% and made 8 threes. For the season, the UC Irvine offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 49%. So far, they have hit 57% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 7 made three’s per contest.

Andre Henry (G) 13.0 4.2 2.0
Justin Hohn (G) 12.8 3.8 1.0
Devin Tillis (F) 10.8 7.5 2.5

Pepperdine Team Defense

Coming into today’s game, the Pepperdine defense is giving up an average of 66.2 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 3.8 threes per game vs. UC Irvine. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 27.5%.

UC Irvine Team Defense

This season, the UC Irvine defense has been impressive, holding the 49th position in the country while permitting an average of 64.2 points per contest. UC Irvine’s three-point defense is currently 20th in the country at 4.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.9% of their shots vs. UC Irvine.

Waves vs Anteaters Trends

  • Across their last five road contests, Pepperdine has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 0-5, while averaging 76 points per game.
  • In their last ten games at home, the Anteaters have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 68 points per game in these contests.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Pepperdine has an ATS mark of 6-4 while going 2-8 straight up.
  • Although the Anteaters have a strong straight up record in their last five games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 2-3.

Waves vs Anteaters Prediction

For today’s matchup we are recommending to take the Anteaters to secure the win, with an expected final score of 78-65. When it comes to the spread, we believe they’ll cover at -7.5.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 148.5, and our model predicts the Waves and Anteaters to score a combined 143 points. We recommend betting on the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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