UC-Santa Barbara at Creighton: 3/20/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Creighton Bluejays (20-8) vs UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (21-4)
Game Info: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Betting Odds: Creighton Bluejays -6.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and Creighton Bluejays face off on Saturday in an NCAA college basketball showdown at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos come into this game with a 22-4 record overall and they have five games in a row. In the last game against UC Irvine the offense was strong putting up 79 points and that led to them cruising to a victory. UC Santa Barbara is averaging 76.5 points per game while their defense is giving up 62.8 points per game. UC Santa Barbara is shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from the behind the line. Guard JaQuori McLaughlin has been the best player for UC Santa Barbara averaging 16.2 points while shooting 48.9 percent from the field.
On the other side of this matchup is the Creighton Bluejays who sit with a 20-8 record overall but they are coming off a pretty shocking loss against Georgetown in the last game. Creighton could only manage 48 points and that led to the blowout loss. Creighton on the season is averaging 77 points per game while their defense is giving up 68.3 points per game. Creighton on the season is shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from behind the three point line. Creighton is a strong offensive team for the most part, but at times they have been inconsistent, and in this game, they are going to need to find a way to get the offense going. Marcus Zegarowski has been the best player for Creighton averaging 15.5 points while shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from behind the three point line.
UC Santa Barbara is 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games following an against the spread loss. Creighton is 1-10-1 against the spread in their last 12 games played in the NCAA Tournament. The under is 4-1 in the Gauchos last five games as an underdog. The under is 5-2-1 in Creighton’s last eight games as a favorite.
Creighton has struggled once they get to the NCAA Tournament, and they are going to struggle to get the job done in this game. I expect UC Santa Barbara is going to keep this game close, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they pull off the upset. Back UC Santa Barbara to cover this spread.