UC Irvine (15-8, 12-4) v Long Beach State (5-10, 4-7) The Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST …
UC Irvine (15-8, 12-4) versus Long Beach State (5-10, 4-7)
The Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine heads for the season sweep over Long Beach State after winning the previous matchup at Long Beach. The teams last played on March 5, when Long Beach State made just eight free throws out of 12 attempts, while the anteaters went 16-22 on their way to a three-point win.
STEPPING UP: Collin Welp paved the way for the anteaters with an average of 15 points and 7.6 rebounds. Brad Greene is also a big contributor, averaging 9.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. The Beach was led by Isaiah Washington, who averaged 15.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists. CLUTCH COLLIN: Welp has connected 36.2 percent of the 47 3-pointers he’s tried, scoring 5 out of 13 in his last five games. He’s also made 82.4 percent of his free throws this season.
PERFECT WHEN: UC Irvine is a perfect 9-0 if the team records eight or more steals. The anteaters are 6-8 if they steal the ball less than eight times.
ASSIST RATIOS: The anteaters have recently used assists to make buckets more often than on the beach. Long Beach State has backed 33 out of 83 field goals (39.8 percent) in the last three games, while UC Irvine has backed 41 out of 91 field goals (45.1 percent) in the last three games.
DID YOU KNOW THAT UC Irvine had an amazing 34.5 percent offensive rebound percentage and ranked the anteaters number 27 nationwide in this category? The offensive rebound percentage for Long Beach State is just 21.6 percent (325th place).
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