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  • The Massive West Convention Match will likely be held Tuesday-Saturday in Henderson, Nevada
  • Prime-seeded UC Irvine is favored to win the 10-team occasion
  • See the Massive West Convention Match odds and predictions

UC Irvine is the highest seed within the Massive West Convention Match, which will likely be held Tuesday-Saturday on the Greenback Mortgage Heart in Henderson, Nevada.

UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara each had been 15-5 in convention play. The Anteaters are the #1 seed through a tiebreaker.

Ten of the convention’s 11 groups will participate as UC San Diego was pressured to withdraw due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Cal State Fullerton is the defending champion and seeded fourth on this 12 months’s occasion.

Massive West Convention Match Odds

Crew Odds
#1 UC Irvine (22-10) +220
#2 UC Santa Barbara (24-7) +250
#4 Cal State Fullerton (18-12) +600
#3 UC Riverside (21-11) +650
#5 Hawaii (22-10) +700
#6 UC Davis (18-13) +1100
#7 Lengthy Seashore State (17-15) +1300
#8 Bakersfield (10-21) +16000
#10 Cal Poly (7-24) +25000
#9 CSUN (7-24) +25000

UC Irvine is a +220 favourite to win the Massive West Convention Match, giving it a 31.25% implied win chance, and is a #14 seed within the newest projected March Insanity bracket. UC Santa Barbara is the second alternative and has a 28.57% IWP at +250.


Odds as of March fifth at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Massive West Convention Match Schedule

The primary spherical will likely be held Tuesday with two video games — Bakersfield vs CSUN at 9 p.m. ET and Lengthy Seashore State vs Cal Poly at 11:30 p.m.

The quarterfinal matchups Thursday are Bakersfield-CSUN winner vs UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton vs Hawaii, UC Riverside vs UC Davis and Lengthy Seashore State-Cal Poly winner vs UC Santa Barbara.

The semifinals will likely be performed Friday and the championship sport is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday and will likely be televised on ESPN2.

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UC Irvine Massive West Match Favourite

Capturing is match favourite UC-Irvine’s energy as it’s 33rd within the nation from three-point vary (37.5%) and 48th in general area objective proportion (47.1%). The Anteaters are additionally 12th in area objective protection (39.4).

The backcourt duo of Dawson Baker (15.4) and DJ Davis (15.2), each juniors, are averaging a mixed 30.6 factors a sport.

Senior guard Pierre Crockrell II is scoring simply 4.8 factors a sport however is second within the Massive West in assists with a 5.0 common.

UC Irvine gained its final two regular-season video games to wrap up the highest seed within the match after shedding back-to-back video games.

UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton Massive West Match Contenders

UC Santa Barbara, the oddsmakers’ second alternative, additionally places the ball within the basket. The Gaucho have a 49.5 area objective proportion to rank seventh nationally. They’re additionally 49th in scoring protection (65.4).

Sophomore guard Ajay Mitchell is averaging 15.7 factors and a conference-leading 5.2 assists a sport. Senior ahead Miles Norris is scoring 14.2 factors and grabbing 6.4 rebounds a sport.

Norris’ 49.5 area objective proportion is second within the Massive West and Mitchell is third at 49.4 for UC Santa Barbara, which is on a four-game successful streak. The streak comes on the heels of three straight losses.

Cal State Fullerton is the most well liked workforce within the convention. The tourney’s third alternative is on a six-game successful streak since standing 12-12.

The Titans win with protection as they’re 23rd in Division I in three-point capturing allowed (30.4%) and 36th in factors given up (64.5). They’re additionally 43rd in three-point capturing (37.1).

Junior guard Latrell Whitesell Jr. is averaging 16.3 factors, good for fourth within the Massive West. Senior guard Jalen Harris (12.7) and junior guard Max Jones (12.1) are additionally scoring in double figures.

Hawaii Massive West Match Darkhorse

Hawaii is a powerful defensive workforce, rating 11th nationally in three-point proportion allowed (29.5), 16th in factors allowed (61.8) and 28th in general area objective proportion protection (40.7).

That protection makes Hawaii a possible worth play at +700.

Massive West Convention Match Prediction

No workforce stands out head and shoulders above the remainder within the Massive West. Let’s go together with the new workforce in Cal State Fullerton with its protection and effective guard play to defend its title.

Choose: Cal State Fullerton (+600)


John Perrotto

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