Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Highlanders versus the Anteaters? Tip off is at at 10:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA. This Big West conference matchup has an over/under of 138.5 points, and the Anteaters are favored to win at home vs. the Highlanders.


The Pick: UC Riverside Highlanders +11

This game will be played at Bren Events Center at 10:00 ET on Thursday, December 28th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Anteaters.
  • Even though we have UC Irvine winning straight-up, we like UC Riverside at +11.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will UC Riverside Find a Way to Win on the Road?

So far this season, UC Riverside has played 12 games and has a record of 5-7. In their first 6 road games, the Highlanders have yet to win, while they are a perfect 2-0 at home. As of now, UC Riverside has a 2-6 record against the spread heading into today's game. Over their last five games, the team has gone 4-1 vs. the spread.

UC Riverside comes in with an over/under record of 4-4-0 through 12 games, with their games averaging a combined 136.9 points per game so far. The Highlanders' last five games have culminated with an average of 136 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

In contrast to their season average of 69.2 points per game, the UC Riverside had a below average performance. They scored 49 points against Washington State and had a field goal percentage of 27.5%. Currently leading the team in scoring is Isaiah Moses who comes into today's matchup averaging 12.9. Barrington Hargress also heads into the game with a PPG average of 10.5.

Currently, the Highlanders' defense holds the 137th rank in the nation, allowing 69.9 points per game. So far, the UC Riverside defense is giving up an average of 5.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 8.9 times per game (372nd).

Are the Anteaters Ready for a Home Win?

UC Irvine is entering their 13th game of the season with a 7-5 overall record. In their last ten home games, including those from last year, UC Irvine has an 8-2 record. Against the spread, UC Irvine has a winning record of 7-3. This includes a 3-3 mark on the road and a perfect 4-0 record at home.

After 12 games, UC Irvine has an over/under record of 3-6-1, with their games averaging a combined 141 points per game so far. The Anteaters' have recorded an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 155 points per game.

The UC Irvine offense is coming off a game where they scored 65 points against New Mexico. They posted a field goal percentage of 37.9% and connected on 6 threes. Leading UC Irvine in scoring vs. New Mexico was Justin Hohn with his 14 points. Andre Henry also added 9 points for the Anteaters.

So far, the Anteaters' defense is ranked 100th in the country at 67.9 points per contest. In today's game, the UC Irvine defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 78 points.