UC Irvine wants to extend the series against Hawaii

UC Irvine (8-4, 5-0) v Hawaii (4-4, 2-4) Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu; Friday, 12 noon EST BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine …

UC Irvine (8-4, 5-0) versus Hawaii (4-4, 2-4)

Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu; Friday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine is aiming for the seventh straight win in the head-to-head series against Hawaii. UC Irvine has averaged 7 points in their last six wins against the Rainbow Warriors. Hawaii’s last win in the series was a 62-61 win on February 15, 2018.

Groundbreaking: Collin Welp is at the top of the anteater with an average of 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Brad Greene is also a big contributor, averaging 10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. The Rainbow Warriors were led by Casdon Jardine, who averaged 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds.

BIG WEST IMPROVEMENT: The anteaters have scored 72.4 points per game and so far allowed 56.6 points per game in the conference game. These are both solid improvements over the 63.8 points scored, as well as the 71.6 points allowed per game for opponents outside of the conference. CLUTCH COLLIN: Welp has connected 31.6 percent of the 19 3-pointers he’s tried, scoring 2 out of 7 points in his last five games. He’s also made 78.1 percent of his free throws this season.

ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Rainbow Warriors have recently rebuilt buckets of assists more frequently than the Anteaters. Hawaii has 43 assists for 79 field goals (54.4 percent) in the last three games, while UC Irvine has backed 31 of 70 field goals (44.3 percent) in the last three games.

DID YOU KNOW THAT UC Irvine ranks second among the Big West teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 36 percent? The anteaters have an average of 12 offensive boards per game.


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