Against the Spread Pick
These are the two Big West programs with the best brands…if that is even such a thing. Long Beach was down this season but Irvine was at the top of the league. Long Beach has a chance to upset thanks to a three-guard attack that could do some damage. All three score 10+ points and when you have that kind of attack you tend to do well in these kinds of tournaments. It will still be a tough get to take down the top seed but this is the Big West. Irvine closed the season with a loss but they have not done that too much in the league of late. This team profiles well and is really efficient on offense which is what makes them really tough to beat, especially in the Big West. They get after you on defense too. I want this to be a good game but odds are Irvine wins easily. Take the Anteaters.
Over Under Pick
I like leagues where teams play each other twice. That way you get a better feel for what to expect. That was the case here and we got two unders. Not a real surprise but still encouraging. Throw them on a neutral with no crowd and I think we get that again. Take the under.