NCAAB Free Pick: Hawaii Rainbows at Cal Irvine Anteaters 2018-03-08

NCAAB Free Pick: Hawaii Rainbows at Cal Irvine Anteaters 2018-03-08

The Cal Irvine Anteaters (14-16) will meet the Hawaii Rainbows (15-12) here at Honda Center in Anaheim, California in this tussle. The line on the Anteaters is -4.5 while the total shows at 128.5. For those looking to deliver a slam dunk with your college basketball picks today, you have come to the right place.

Playing out of the Big West, the Hawaii Rainbows rank number 3 in conference play. On the national stage, the Rainbows currently sit at number 196 overall on the oddsmakers power ratings poll.

The Cal Irvine Anteaters currently rank number 5 in Big West conference play and when stacked up against all the college basketball teams in the country, they currently sit at number 136 according to national oddsmakers.


Taking a look at the Sportsbook reports on game day morning, these are the reported consensus trends in betting volume from participating sportsbooks. Note that these numbers will change as more action comes in as we get closer to game time, but it is always worth a look at the morning reports just to see where the money is going.

  • Betting Hawaii against the spread(4.5): 46%
  • Betting Hawaii to win straight up(176): 48%
  • Betting Cal Irvine against the spread(-4.5): 54%
  • Betting Cal Irvine to win straight up(-210): 52%
  • Betting Over the Total(128.5): 73%
  • Betting Under the Total(128.5): 27%

Important to remember that the above consensus numbers are an early snapshot of public action. The Professional Handicappers League has a few professional consensus services for those looking for a consensus of expert sports picks. Personally, we like to know where the money goes early, especially looking for drastic early money on one side, which is often "smart money", whereas heavy action closer to game time is usually "square money".


The Cal Irvine Anteaters is a team we have a pretty strong read on and have had a lot of success betting or against. We have placed 14 documented premium wagers on Anteaters games in the last decade, winning 11, next to just 3 for a winning rate of 78.60% and profits of $7820.00. We do not have a premium selection in this game today, but we do have a strong opinion.

Some of the factors we look at are the total points being scored by both teams, which is 138.3. Together, the teams average 135.3 points allowed, which gives us expected total points of 136.8, which can be compared against the over/under offered by oddsmakers for those inclined to bet on totals.

To determine the game-winner and to consider the spread in a game we can look at point differential as well, but it is wise to weigh the power rating differential even more. In this game, which is considered "neutral", the power rating on the Cal Irvine Anteaters is 73.0 while the Hawaii Rainbows bring a rating of 68.5, meaning, a reasonable line on this game for Cal Irvine is -4.5.

Taking everything into consideration we do have a free pick opinion on this game.

The Banker says, take the Cal Irvine Anteaters -5/-106
(Record for Professional Handicapper The Banker betting on or against the Cal Irvine Anteaters: 11-3/78.60%, +7820.00)


Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by The Banker
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