UC Riverside vs UC-Santa Barbara Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

UC-Santa Barbara (15-13) vs UC Riverside (13-17)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)

Betting Odds: UC-Santa Barbara -4.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The UC Riverside Highlanders look for a win after winning 6 of their last 8 games. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos need a win after losing 5 of their last 8 games. Here’s a UC Riverside Highlanders vs UC Santa Barbara Gauchos prediction.

UC Riverside Highlanders Betting Preview

The UC Riverside Highlanders recently beat Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton while losing to Hawaii. The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 70.1 points on 39.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Barrington Hargress is averaging 12.4 points and 3.3 rebounds, while Isaiah Moses is averaging 12.3 points and 3 rebounds. Kyle Owens is dishing 0.5 assists, and Nate Pickens is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The UC Riverside Highlanders are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game.

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Betting Preview

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos recently beat Cal Poly and LBSU while losing to Cal State Fullerton. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 75.5 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Ajay Mitchell is averaging 20 points and 3.9 rebounds, while Yohan Traore is averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. Josh Pierre-Louis is the third double-digit scorer and Cole Anderson is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game.

UC Riverside Highlanders vs UC Santa Barbara Gauchos prediction

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have been better than UC Riverside this season and won the only meeting in December, but the gap isn't that wide. The UC Riverside Highlanders have offensive issues, but they find ways to compete and are playing some of their best ball right now. UC Santa Barbara is 11-16 ATS on the season and has failed to cover 7 of its last 10 games overall. Give me the Highlanders and the points in what should be a tight one.

Randy’s Pick UC Riverside +4.5

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