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San Diego State vs UC Irvine is a matchup of teams that have gotten off to very strong starts to their 2022 seasons. Can UC Irvine contend with this now nationally-ranked San Diego State squad? Let’s break it down.
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San Diego State vs UC Irvine Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds

Can UC Irvine contend with this now nationally-ranked San Diego State squad? Let’s break down my pick for this matchup.

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San Diego State vs UC Irvine Date, Start Time, and Where to Watch

  • Date: November 29, 2022
  • Start Time: 10:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: fuboTV

San Diego State vs UC Irvine Odds

  • Spread: San Diego State -13 (-110), UC Irvine +13 (-110)
  • Total Odds: Over/Under 136 (-110)
  • Moneyline Odds: San Diego State (-900), UC Irvine (+660)

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San Diego State vs UC Irvine Prediction

San Diego State comes into this game with a record of 4-2 but has played a very hard schedule. They really should be 5-1, as they blew a late lead to Arkansas and ended up losing that game in overtime.

San Diego State is known for their suffocating defense, but they added a lot of offense through the transfer portal. Seattle transfer Darrion Trammell is their leading scorer on the year and has added a much-needed high-volume scorer to their offensive attack. San Diego State also brings back big man Nathan Mensah, Cal transfer Matt Bradley, now in his second year with the team, and combo guard Lamont Butler, who is an excellent defender and passer.

San Diego State opened up the tournament with a resounding win over Ohio State as they were able to put up 88 points and defeated the buckeyes by a score of 88 to 77. They followed that up with two fairly lackluster performances against Arizona and Arkansas. They lost by double digits to the Wildcats, but then, in their matchup against Arkansas, they really controlled the game for most of the contest. However, an inability to make free throws and handle the ball properly led to a late turnover which allowed Arkansas to force overtime and eventually get the win.

While San Diego State is much better offensively than they typically are, their defense does not appear to be as strong as it usually is. They allowed 77 points to Ohio State, 87 points to Arizona, and 78 points to Arkansas. San Diego State’s opponent in this matchup, UC Irvine, has also gotten off to a really good start to the season, as they are 6-1 and notched a double-digit win over Oregon.

UC Irvine sports a very scrappy Bunch and an extremely experienced squad that I think has the capability and the savviness to keep this game close. We saw this earlier in the season when UC Irvine held Oregon to just 56 points as they defeated the ducks by a score of 69 to 56. UC Irvine suffocated Oregon with their defensive effort in that game, and I think they will be able to put up enough of a fight in this game to keep it somewhat close, even possibly pulling an upset win.

San Diego State vs UC Irvine Pick

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