Hawaii vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 1/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (12-5) at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (11-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 1:00 am (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors -2 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos will travel to the Stan Sheriff Center to take on the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos had their 6-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-5 (1-1 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the Long Beach State 49ers, 55-52, this past Saturday. UC Santa Barbara had a surpingsly difficult time on the offensive end agianst the Long Beach State defense and could fight back late after being held scoreless for the final five minutes of regulation. UC Santa Barbara allowed Long Beach State to shoot 50.0% from the field while the Gauchos shot just 32.0% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Gauchos was JaQuori McLaughlin who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, UC Santa Barbara is averaging 72.4 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Gauchos are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Santa Barbara has been led by JaQuori McLaughlin (15.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.9 apg), Amadou Sow (14.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and Matt Freeman (10.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg).
Defensively, UC Santa Barbara is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Gauchos have a rebound margin of 7.0 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors improved to 11-6 (2-1 Big West) on the season after defeating the Cal Poly Mustangs, 65-61, this past Friday. Hawai’i struggled offensively agianst the Mustangs, however, was able to hang on late for the victory after taking a 47-32 lead with 14:29 left in regulation. Hawai’i shot just 32.8% from the field and 22.7% from beyond the arc, however, did outrebound Cal Poly by a 47-35 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors was Eddie Stansberry who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.
On the season, Hawai’i is averaging 70.6 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hawai’i has been led by Eddie Stansberry (17.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Samuta Avea (11.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, and Zigmars Raimo (8.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Hawai’i is allowing their opponents to average 67.6 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Gauchos are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Rainbow Warriors are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
UC Santa Barbara has been solid on both ends of the court this season as they come into this game ranked T-149th in scoring offense, 40th in FG%, and 87th in scoring defense.
Hawai’i has won 3 of their last 4 games and currently rank 205th in scoring offense, 146th in scoring defense, and 187th in defensive FG%.
UC Santa Barbara had no trouble picking up the victory at the Stan Sheriff Center last season in a 79-61 blowout and as I think the Gauchos offense will be able to rebound after a tough outing against Long Beach State, I’m taking UC Santa Barbara to at worst cover with the points in this one. Good Luck!