UC Irvine, Long Beach St. meet in conference game

UC Irvine (14-8, 11-4) v Long Beach State (5-9, 4-6) The Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California; Friday, 7 p.m. EST …

UC Irvine (14-8, 11-4) versus Long Beach State (5-9, 4-6)

The Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California; Friday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Big West enemies clash as UC Irvine battles Long Beach state. Each team last played on Saturday. UC Irvine passed UC San Diego’s home at 11 a.m. while Long Beach state fell 79-76 on the road to Hawaii.

TEAM LEADER: Isaiah Washington of Long Beach state averaged 14.9 points and 4.5 assists, while Michael Carter III averaged 15 points. For the Anteaters, Collin Welp averaged 14.9 points and 7.7 rebounds, while Brad Greene averaged 9.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in the last five games. He’s also implemented 80.9 percent of his free throws this season.

ASSISTANT ACCOUNTING: The anteaters have recently used assists to make buckets more often than on the beach. Long Beach State has backed 36 out of 83 field goals (43.4 percent) in the last three games, while UC Irvine has backed 43 out of 89 field goals (48.3 percent) in the last three games.

DID YOU KNOW that UC Irvine has a stellar 35 percent offensive rebound percentage and ranked the anteaters number 21 nationwide in this category? The offensive rebound percentage for Long Beach State is only 21.4 percent (326th place).

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