UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

UC Davis Aggies (13-15) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (17-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)

The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos -9 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UC Davis Aggies will travel to the Thunderdome to in Santa Barbara, CA to take on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos this Saturday in a Big West showdown, tipping off at 10:00 EST.

The UC Davis Aggies come into this game, winners of four in a row and improved to 13-15 (7-5 Big West) after defeating the Cal Poly Mustangs 77-62 this past Thursday.  The Aggies battled to a 34-32 lead at half before opening up the game in the second half. Building a 71-57 point lead with just 1:41 remaining sealed the game for UC Davis.  The Aggies shot 54.8% from the field and 41.7% from three-point range, Stefan Gonzalez led the charge with 18 points, 3 rebounds and a steal.

On the season, UC Davis is averaging 74.0 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field.  The Aggies are also averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 39.3% shooting from beyond the arc.  Joe Mooney (13.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.3 apg), Ezra Manjon (12.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.1 apg) and Stefan Gonazalez (11.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg) have been the offensive leaders this for UC Davis.

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Defensively, UC Davis is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos won their last game and improved to  17-9 (6-5 Big West) after defeating the CSU Fullerton Titans, 75-66, this past Thursday.  The Gauchos had a 34-29 lead at half and built it to 74-64 with just 0:40 remaining to hold on for victory,  UC Santa Barbara shor\t45.6% from the field and’ 37.5% from three-point range. Max Heidegger led the way with 27 points,7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.

On the season, UC Santa Barbara is averaging 72.2 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field.  The Gauchos are also netting 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Max Heidegger (16.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.3 apg), Amadou Snow (14.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg) and JaQuori McLaughlin (13,6 ppg, 3,4 rog, 3.7 apg) have been the offensive leaders for UC Santa Barbara this season.

Defensively, UC Santa Barbara is allowing their opponents to average 67.3 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field. 

UC Davis is 6-0 ATS their past 6 games and 12-3 ATS on the road this season.  UC Santa Barbara is 4-1 ATS in their past 5 games and 5-6 ATS at home.

I think UC Santa Barbara defends home court well but UC Davis battles to the end and earns a hard fought victory here.  I’m taking UC Davis and the points in this matchup.

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David’s Pick UC Davis +9

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