Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. California Golden Bears Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/6/13
California Golden Bears (6-2) at Santa Barbara Gauchos (3-3)
College Basketball: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)
The Line: Santa Barbara Gauchos +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The California Golden Bears take their winning ways on the road when they visit the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos.
Cal's great start to the season was side tracked with back to back defeats to Syracuse and Dayton which is nothing to be ashamed of. They did get back on the winning side of the ledger with a 73-56 rout of UC Irvine where both ends of the floor performed well. The Golden Bears were in cruise control throughout with a 35-19 lead at the break essentially ending it. Cal held a substantial 44%-29% edge in the shooting department which translated in to six more field goals that combined with four more free throws for an easy victory. David Kravish pumped in a game high 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds with Richard Solomon scoring 13 points and snaring eight boards while Jabari Bird netted 14 points.
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UC Santa Barbara has won when supposed to and lost when supposed although they did defeat UNLV which in all honesty wasn't a big upset in my view. The Gauchos have shown the ability to score and defend at times but need both units to come up big against the better teams which didn't happen in an 89-76 loss at UCLA. The Gauchos were primed for the upset with the score tied at the break before nothing went in their favor over the final 20 minutes. Both teams shot an identical 52.8% with UCSB dominating the perimeter with 13 bombs but falling short at the strioe where the Bruins held a 27-7 edge. Alan Williams was the offensive star with a game high 23 points and eight pulls with Kyle Boswell dropping 18 points and handing out five helpers while Michael Bryson and Taran Brown added 15 and ten points with Bryson hauling in ten rebounds.
I think these teams are on equal footing with Cal being better in the long run. I have this as the Golden Bears by a basket or so which means the value is not real good...