It will be a battle between BigWst opponents when the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (14-9, 5-4 BigWst) welcome the UC Irvine Anteaters (16-10, 8-2 BigWst) to the Stan Sheriff Center. The game starts at 12 a.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
UC Irvine Anteaters at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors ATS Prediction
In the Anteaters’ last contest, they topped the UC Riverside Highlanders, 63-59. UC Irvine’s 0.289 free throw rate was their biggest strength over UC Riverside, who had a rate of 0.055. The Anteaters’ mark was above their season average of 0.221, while the Highlanders’ was below their season average of 0.186. UC Irvine rallied around Collin Welp, who put up 17 points.
The Rainbow Warriors lost a close one to the Long Beach State Beach in their last outing, 50-49. Long Beach State’s turnover percentage was the team’s largest strength over Hawaii. The Beach posted a mark of 17.2 (better than their season average of 20.5), while the Rainbow Warriors had a rate of 21.4 (above their season average of 16.9). Hawaii’s Justin Webster put up 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the game.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. Brad Greene had 13 points and 21 rebounds in the first matchup, in which the Anteaters defeated the Rainbow Warriors 74-60. The Anteaters had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (39.0 vs. 21.4) and had a better turnover percentage (7.5 vs. 10.8).
Hawaii might have trouble finding the bottom of the net as they clash against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. UC Irvine currently ranks 66th in defensive efficiency while the Rainbow Warriors rank 190th in offensive efficiency.
UC Irvine Anteaters at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Odds Pick
Free Pick: ATS Winner – UC Irvine, O/U – Over
UC Irvine ranks 17th in rebounds per game (40.0) while Hawaii ranks 178th (34.6).
The Rainbow Warriors rank 132nd in three pointers attempted per game (22.6) while the Anteaters rank 267th (17.5).
UC Irvine ranks 40th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Hawaii ranks 133rd (6.7).
The Anteaters rank 41st in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Rainbow Warriors rank 79th (3.0).
Hawaii ranks ninth in assists allowed per game (9.6) while UC Irvine ranks 29th (10.4).
The Anteaters’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.4, up from 8.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rainbow Warriors have scored an average of 69.2 points per game (1.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.0 points per game (2.8 above their season average).