College Basketball Betting Free Pick: Long Beach State 49ers vs. UC-Irvine Anteaters
FREE PICK: Long Beach State 49ers vs. UC-Irvine Anteaters
#856 UC-Irvine -9 (Friday, March 15 @ 9:30 pm EST)
Long Beach is on to the semifinals after a hard fought victory over Hawaii last night in Anaheim. Down from the start, the ‘Niners outscored the Rainbows 25-15 in a grueling final ten minutes. Five players played 30 plus minutes in the contest. The Beach was 51% in 2-pt. FG% but allowed 61% defensively. This does not bode well at all against balanced and talented regular season champion.
The latest installment of Russell Turner’s impressive program had a different night. Irvine cruised through the first thirty minutes and subbed at the end. Eight players played between 27 and 14 minutes. The #1 rated 2-pt. FG% defense in the nation stifled Riverside, holding them to 34%. The ‘Eaters shouldn’t have a problem with Long Beach’s offense, ranked #313 in 2-pt. FG%.
Look for a rested and motivated Cal-Irvine to shut down the Long Beach offense by eliminating easy baskets and forcing them to make threes. Take Irvine and lay the points as they continue their mission to the NCAA Tournament.