2019 Tournament PreviewMaking a case for the best team in California, the Anteaters are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history riding a 16-game winning streak. Defense is UC Irvine's game, as it ranks 58th in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency while holding opponents to 40.6 percent on two-point baskets -- the best mark in the nation. On offense, the team relies on 6-0 junior guard Max Hazzard (12.2 ppg), who averaged 16.2 points per game in his last five. Hazzard shoots 39.4 percent from 3-point range, while junior guard Evan Leonard (11.1 ppg) hits 40.9 percent from downtown. The Anteaters are deep, running a nine-man rotation and ranking seventh nationally in percentage of bench minutes. UC Irvine tested itself in non-conference play and picked up a Quadrant 1 win against St. Mary's -- the only other California team in the tournament -- but dropped its other two Quad 1 matchups by double digits to Utah State and Butler. The 13-seeded Anteaters could be a threat in the first round, where they draw co-Big 12 champions Kansas State.
Scouting Report Offense Defense
Efficiency 107.7 (70th) 95.7 (26th)
Pace 65.8 (315th)
Effective FG% 51.3 (139th) 44.1 (5th)
Turnover % 15.0 (75th) 14.5 (295th)
Off Reb % 33.7 (30th) 27.1 (122nd)
FTA/FGA 28.7 (283rd) 32.9 (185th)
3P% 35.9 (96th) 33.9 (142nd)
2P% 50.1 (180th) 40.7 (1st)
FT% 70.6 (177th) 71.1 (204th)
3PA/FGA 32.4 (319th) 33.4 (27th)
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UC Irvine (31-6)
(15-1) In Big West
Coaches Poll: #34 NET: #71 RPI: #64
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