UC-Santa Barbara at Long Beach State: 3/11/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

UC-Santa Barbara at Long Beach State: 3/11/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Long Beach State Beach (19-11) vs UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (17-10)

Game Info: Friday, March 11, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Dollar Loan Center)

Betting Odds: Long Beach State Beach -2 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Long Beach State Beach and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown in the Big West Tournament at the Dollar Loan Center. When these two teams faced off on February 19th it was UC Santa Barbara that won 84-71.

Ajay Mitchell was the top player for UC Santa Barbara scoring 20 points. Colin Slater was the top player for Long Beach State scoring 28 points. 

Long Beach State comes into this game with a 19-11 record overall and they have  won three games in a row. In the last game against Cal State Bakersfield, the defense was strong giving up only 61 points and that led to the easy victory. In the previous two games, Long Beach State won by only four points total. Long Beach State is averaging 74.3 points while their defense is giving up 73.1 points per game. Joel Murray has been the top player for Long Beach State averaging 16.2 points while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the three point line. There are three different players that are averaging at least 10 points per game. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos who sit with a 17-10 record overall and they have won six games in a row. In the last game against UC Irvine, the offense had another big game scoring 78 points and that led to the nine point victory. UC Santa Barbara comes into this game averaging 74 points while their defense is giving up 65.6 points per game. Amadou Sow has been the top player for Santa Barbara averaging 15.8 points while shooting 56.6 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from behind the three point line. There are three different players that are averaging at least 10 points per game. 

UC Santa Barbara already has a big win over Long Beach State, and they have a ton of confidence heading into this game. Look for UC Santa Barbara to run up the score, and Long Beach State is going to have no answer. Back UC Santa Barbara against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick UC Santa Barbara +2

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