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UC Riverside vs. Santa Barbara - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Barbara Gauchos (13-11) at UC Riverside Highlanders (12-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Student Center)

The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and UC Riverside Highlanders meet Thursday at the SRC Arena.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos hope to keep things going with wins in five of their last seven games. On the season, UC Santa Barbara is averaging 67 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 65.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Gabe Vincent is averaging 10.2 points and 2.2 rebounds while Michael Bryson is averaging 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. John Green is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Zalmico Harmon is dishing four assists. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 72.8 percent from the line and 37.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, UC Santa Barbara is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 57 or less points in three of its last six games.

UC Riverside vs. Santa Barbara - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The UC Riverside Highlanders hope to get back to .500 after splitting their last eight games. On the season, UC Riverside is averaging 64.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting and is allowing 68.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Taylor Johns is averaging 16.5 points and 8.2 rebounds while Jaylen Bland is averaging 15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds. Steven Thornton is grabbing 3.4 rebounds and Nick Gruninger is dishing 3.1 assists. The UC Riverside Highlanders have three players averaging at least 9.9 points, and they’re shooting 70 percent from the line and 35.3 percent from deep. Defensively, UC Riverside is allowing 41.4 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last eight games.

The Gauchos are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Highlanders are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win. The Gauchos are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in UC Riverside and 0-6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are not only playing better basketball, but they're much deeper offensively and have been playing better than UC Riverside on defense. I like the road team and the small chalk. 

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