Utah State Aggies vs. Santa Barbara Gauchos Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/20/13
Santa Barbara Gauchos (6-3) at Utah State Aggies (7-2)
College Basketball: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
The Line: Utah State Aggies -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Utah State Aggies and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos face off in the Basketball Travelers Classic.
Utah State is a very dangerous team with the ability to both score and defend to go along with some pretty good size. The Aggies have generally gotten both on the same page and were at their best in 68-52 victory over Western Illinois. USU connected at a red hot 53% while holding the Leathernecks to under 40% with 23 WIU personals turned in to a 25-7 advantage at the charity stripe. The offense did give the ball away 19 times but had too much scoring from every where for that to be a problem. Kyle Davis tossed in 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds followed by Spencer Butterfield and Preston Medlin with 14 points apiece while ten players scored overall.
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I had said UC Santa Barbara has shown to be capable at both ends of the floor with only one poor performance coming in a loss to UCLA but I have to make that two bad showings after a narrow 57-54 decision over Troy where they looked unprepared and flat. The Gauchos connected at nearly 46% from the floor and the Trojans 30% but Troy stayed competitive with a 12-26 mark from long range. Alan Wiilliams paced the Santa Barbara offense with 18 points and eleven rebounds on 7-14 with Taran Brown tossing in 13 points on 5-10 accuracy while Kyle Boswell chipped in with nine points.
No line on this one yet but this is the second meeting of these teams with the Aggies winning by seven. I don't think it will be that close if the Gauchos mail another in but I have to see a line.