Against the Spread Pick
The Hawaii Warriors are in the midst of a season-high three-game losing streak. Adding insult to injury, they have to go up against the Big West Conference-leading UC Irvine Anteaters on Saturday night. Hawaii is generally strong at home, but it is coming off a 50-49 setback at the hands of visiting Long Beach State on Wednesday. The Anteaters are 8-2 in the Big West, which includes a 74-60 drubbing of none other than Hawaii on Jan. 11. They showcase plenty of depth, with 10 different guys logging at least 12.9 minutes per game. UC Irvine is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 against opponents with winning records and 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 on Saturdays. The Warriors are 0-5 ATS in their last five overall, 1-4 ATS in their last five at home, and 0-4 ATS in their last four at home against opponents with losing road records. Go with the ANTEATERS.
Over Under Pick
UC Irvine is stellar defensively; it is averaging 6.5 steals per game to make up for its average of 14.1 turnovers. Hawaii features only two players in double-figures and was an absolute disaster on offense against LBSU. The under is 8-3 in the Anteaters’ last 11 against opponents with winning records and 6-2-1 in their last nine on the road against opponents with winning home records. It is also 5-2 in the Warriors’ last seven against opponents with winning records and 5-2 in their last seven after scoring fewer than 50 points in their previous outing. Take the UNDER.