California Riverside @ UC Irvine
Current Records: California Riverside 12-7; UC Irvine 10-7
What to Know
The UC Irvine Anteaters are 15-1 against the California Riverside Highlanders since January of 2016, and they'll have a chance to extend that success on Thursday. UC Irvine and California Riverside will face off in a Big West battle at 10 p.m. ET at Bren Events Center. Both teams come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous games.
The Anteaters didn't have too much breathing room in their matchup with the Northridge Matadors on Saturday, but they still walked away with a 75-70 victory.
Meanwhile, even if it wasn't a dominant performance, California Riverside beat the Hawaii Warriors 64-59 last week.
UC Irvine is the favorite in this one, with an expected 4.5-point margin of victory. But bettors beware: they are only 3-6 against the spread when favored.
UC Irvine is now 10-7 while the Highlanders sit at 12-7. A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: The Anteaters come into the contest boasting the eighth fewest points allowed per game in college basketball at 59.2. California Riverside is not quite as good, but they are no chumps, either: they enter the contest with only 59.9 points allowed per game on average, good for 11th best in college basketball.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 10 p.m. ET
- Where: Bren Events Center -- Irvine, California
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $19.00
The Anteaters are a 4.5-point favorite against the Highlanders, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Anteaters as a 5-point favorite.
UC Irvine have won 15 out of their last 16 games against California Riverside.
- Jan 08, 2022 - UC Irvine 68 vs. California Riverside 51
- Mar 12, 2021 - UC Irvine 78 vs. California Riverside 61
- Feb 13, 2021 - UC Irvine 73 vs. California Riverside 67
- Feb 12, 2021 - California Riverside 86 vs. UC Irvine 65
- Feb 12, 2020 - UC Irvine 63 vs. California Riverside 59
- Jan 18, 2020 - UC Irvine 69 vs. California Riverside 53
- Mar 14, 2019 - UC Irvine 63 vs. California Riverside 44
- Mar 02, 2019 - UC Irvine 68 vs. California Riverside 47
- Jan 26, 2019 - UC Irvine 82 vs. California Riverside 64
- Feb 10, 2018 - UC Irvine 62 vs. California Riverside 52
- Jan 24, 2018 - UC Irvine 79 vs. California Riverside 40
- Mar 09, 2017 - UC Irvine 76 vs. California Riverside 67
- Mar 01, 2017 - UC Irvine 68 vs. California Riverside 56
- Feb 18, 2017 - UC Irvine 79 vs. California Riverside 60
- Mar 05, 2016 - UC Irvine 76 vs. California Riverside 66
- Jan 09, 2016 - UC Irvine 84 vs. California Riverside 68