Tom Stryker’s Free Basketball Play January 28th


#794 UC IRVINE (-) over Northridge St at 9 PM EST
In a bad mood off that one-point road loss at Cal State Fullerton and with two road wars at UC San Diego and Long Beach State up next, UC Irvine will return to the friendly confines of the Bren Events Center and cruise past visiting CSUN. The Matadors enter this Big West battle off a SU and ATS home loss to the Tritons and they’ll be seriously outclassed in this matchup.

Currently holding the No. 3 slot in the Big West standings looking up at UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara, this game looms large for head coach Russell Turner and his troops. Thankfully, at home checking in off a straight up loss, the Anteaters have responded by inking a solid 24-3 SU and 12-8 ATS mark including a spotless 12-0 SU and 8-3 ATS in this run provided they are going into revenge. Overall, as a host going into revenge, UCI holds a powerful 30-4 SU and 24-7-1 ATS record in its last 34 tries including an elite 10-0 SU and 8-1 ATS provided they storm the court off a pointspread loss.

Historically speaking, CSUN has struggled in this series lately posting a rough 8-24 SU and 13-18-1 ATS record in the last 32 meetings including a woeful 3-18 SU and 7-13-1 ATS provided they check in off a straight up loss. To make matters worse, the Matadors are really struggling right now posting a timid 9-36 SU and 15-26-1 ATS record in their last 45 games including an ugly 4-34 SU and 9-25-1 ATS provided they are not going into revenge. Finally, when storming the court off a blowout loss of eight points or more, head coach Trent Johnson and his troops own a pathetic 18-59 SU and 25-44-2 ATS record including 4-25 SU and 7-18-1 ATS provided their opponent owns a conference won/loss percentage of .501 or better.

Offensively, the Anteaters are averaging 76.5 points per game and the Matadors (avg 63.7 ppg) won’t be able to keep up for the full forty minutes. Take UC Irvine. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.


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