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Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. CS Northridge Matadors - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

CS Northridge Matadors (4-13) at Santa Barbara Gauchos (8-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)

The Line: Santa Barbara Gauchos -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The CS Northridge Matadors will travel to the Thunderdome to take on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos this Thursday night.

The CS Northridge Matadors dropped to 4-13 (0-2 Big West) after being defeated by the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 83-68 this past Saturday. The Matadors committed an astonishing 28 turnovers and allowed the Rainbow Warriors to shoot 50.0% from the field in the loss. Leading the way for CS Northridge was Stephen Maxwell who had 20 points and 6 rebounds. The Matadors are currently ranked 284th in the RPI Standings and have played 116th ranked SOS. On the season, CS Northridge has been led by Stephan Hicks (17.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg) and Stephen Maxwell (15.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg). Offensively, the Matadors are averaging 65.4 ppg (ranked 232nd) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 233rd). CS Northridge averages just 2.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 345th) on 28.5% shooting (ranked 327th). Defensively, the Matadors are allowing their opponents to score an average of 72.5 ppg (ranked 305th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 188th). CS Northridge is allowing their opponents to shot 37.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 301st). The Matadors are averaging 24.94 defensive rpg (ranked 119th) and 35.18 total rpg (ranked 169th).

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. CS Northridge Matadors - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos won their 3rd straight game and improved to 8-7 (1-0 Big West) on the season after defeating the Cal Poly Mustangs 50-45 this past Saturday. The Gauchos held the Mustangs to 23.4% shooting from the field and 18.2%  from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for UC Santa Barbara was Alan Williams who had 9 points, 15 rebounds, and 1 block. The Gauchos are currently ranked 89th in the RPI Standings and have played the 20th ranked SOS. On the season, UC Santa Barbara has been led by Alan Williams (17.9 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 1.8 apg) and Michael Bryson (13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg). Offensively, the Gauchos are averaging 69.1 ppg (ranked 147th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 155th). UC Santa Barbara has a 1.27 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 48th) and shot 73.9% from the free-throw line (ranked 32nd). Defensively, the Gauchos are holding their opponents to an average of 61.6 ppg (ranked 67th) on 37.9% shooting (ranked 30th). UC Santa Barbara grabs an average of 25.2 defensive rpg (ranked 102nd) and 36.73 total rpg (ranked 99th).

The Matadors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. the Big West however, just 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Gauchos are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the Big West.

UC Santa Barbara is a better team than their record indicates as they lost competitive games to some tough competition (Kansas, FGCU, Colorado State, Oregon, etc.).  CS Northridge hasn’t done much all year on either side of the ball and I don’t see anything that is going to change that against UC Santa Barbara. I think CS Northridge continues to struggle with turnovers and that UC Santa Barbara gets a big win at home. Take UC Santa Barbara to cover this large spread.

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UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -14.5

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