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2019 NCAA tournament bracket projection for UC Irvine Anteaters

Last season, the UC Irvine Anteaters were blown out in the Big West Conference tournament championship game by Cal State Fullerton. When the two teams clashed again in this year's final, the Anteaters were out for revenge. It showed, as UC Irvine led by as many as 31 points and cruised to the conference's automatic NCAA tournament bid. The Anteaters are built on their defense, but when they score like they did against Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine can be dangerous. Can the Anteaters carry that momentum into the Big Dance?

ESPN+ has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.