UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs UC Riverside
UC Riverside (12-7, 2-1) vs. UC Irvine (10-8, 2-0)
Bren Events Center, Irvine, California; Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine looks for its 12th straight win in the head-to-head series over UC Riverside. In its last 11 wins against the Highlanders, UC Irvine has won by an average of 17 points. UC Riverside’s last win in the series came on Feb. 14, 2015, a 70-63 victory.
BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Collin Welp has averaged 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds to lead the charge for the Anteaters. Eyassu Worku has paired with Welp and is putting up 12.8 points per game. The Highlanders are led by Callum McRae, who is averaging 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.CLUTCH COLLIN: Welp has connected on 48.2 percent of the 56 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 16 over his last five games. He’s also made 83 percent of his free throws this season.
WINLESS WHEN: UC Irvine is 0-5 this year when it scores 67 points or fewer and 10-3 when it scores at least 68.
STREAK SCORING: UC Irvine has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 87.7 points while giving up 59.7.
DID YOU KNOW: UC Irvine is rated second among Big West teams with an average of 74.6 points per game.