Ron's Saturday College Basketball Bank Shot Best Bet
UC Irvine Anteaters (0-1) vs New Mexico State Aggies (1-1)
Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 10:00 pm
Jason Hooten needed a few years at Sam Houston to really get that program going. I think the same will need to happen at NMSU, a team that is at the very beginning of a complete program rebuild. Plainly put, I don't think this Aggies team is very talented in 2023-24 and while Hooten is a great defensive mastermind, I don't think the offense is where it needs to be to compete on the road against another excellent coach and program. UC Irvine is younger than it usually is but still has a ton of players that have been in the Anteater system for a while. Irvine may go through growing pains this season but this looks to be a great spot for a feel-good blowout win at home. Irvine has a big advantage on the glass, as NMSU is a smaller team and Russell Turner teams have always taken care of the defensive glass. Irvine needs to do a good job at taking care of the basketball against that Hooten defense but with a guard like Pierre Crockrell that you can trust, I think the Anteaters will be fine offensively. UC Irvine had a horrible shooting performance at San Jose State but will be in the home gym here and has had a few days to sharpen up. NMSU looked abysmal vs. Kentucky and was not very inspiring in the first half of its game vs. a D3 school program last time out. I think UC Irvine rolls at home here, so I will lay the points.