UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside - 1/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UC Riverside Highlanders (13-8) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (12-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)
The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos -7.5 -- Over/Under: 128 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UC Riverside Highlanders will travel to The Thunderdome to take on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The UC Riverside Highlanders snapped their two game losing streak and improved to 13-8 (3-2 Big West) on the season after defeating the Cal Poly Mustangs, 97-64, this past Thursday night. UC Riverside has no trouble generating offense agianst Cal Poly and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 68-42 lead with 11:14 left in regulation. UC Riverside shot 53.6% from the field and 53.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Highlanders was Arinze Chidom who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 blocks, and a steal.
On the season, UC Riverside is averaging 66.6 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Highlanders are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Riverside has been led by Arinze Chidom (11.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), Callum McRae (9.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.1 apg), and George Willborn III (7.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, UC Riverside is holding their opponents to an average of 61.0 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Highlanders have a rebound margin of 7.3 and a turnover margin of -2.4.
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 12-7 (1-3 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the CSU Northridge Matadors, 83-75, this past Wednesday night. UC Santa Barbara had no answers defensively in the 2nd half for the Matadors and couldn’t fight back after CSU Northridge took a 77-66 lead with 3:14 left in regulation. UC Santa Barbara shot 46.2% from the field, however, allowed CSU Northridge to shoot 52.5% from the field and 56.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Gauchos was Max Heidegger who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.
On the season, UC Santa Barbara is averaging 72.1 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Gauchos are averaging 6.4 three-pointer per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Santa Barbara has been led by JaQuori McLaughlin (15.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.8 apg), Max Heidegger (14.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Amadou Sow (13.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg).
Defensively, UC Santa Barbara is allowing their opponents to average 66.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Gauchos have a rebound margin of 6.4 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The Highlanders are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points, however, are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Gauchos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
UC Riverside has been led by their defense this season that ranks T-21st in scoring defense, 88th in defensive FG%, and 22nd in rebound margin, however, has struggled at times putting points up on the board as the Highlanders rank just 298th in scoring offense.
UC Santa Barbara has been decent on both sides of the ball this season as they come into this game ranked 160th in scoring offense, 114th in scoring defense, and 33rd in rebound margin.
UC Riverside has won 4 of their last 6 games and although the offensive has struggled, the Highlanders can be dangerous beyond the arc they currently rank 80th in three-pointers made per game & 88th in 3P-FG%. UC Santa Barbara is 7-3 at home this season however, the Gauchos have struggled at home as of late, losing their last two home games to Long Beach State & CSU Northridge who have a combined 15-27 record on the season. UC Santa Barbara is better team than what we’ve seen lately, however, as I think the Highlanders offense will find some success agianst the Gauchos 267th ranked defensive FG%, I think UC Riverside does enough to cover with the points in this one. Good Luck!