UC Irvine vs. UC Santa Barbara - 3/13/15 Big West Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine Anteaters (18-12)
College Basketball: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm (Honda Center)
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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and UC Irvine Anteaters meet Friday in the Big West semifinal.
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos look to build on their six-game winning streak. On the season, UC Santa Barbara is averaging 68.5 point son 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 63.3 point son 40.7 percent shooting. Alan Williams is averaging 16.8 points and 11.9 rebounds while Michael Bryson is averaging 14.1 points and 1.8 assists. John Green is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Zalmico Harmon is dishing 3.7 assists. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 73.7 percent from the line and 38.1 percent from deep. Defensively, UC Santa Barbara is allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in five of its last six games.
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The UC Irvine Anteaters look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven. On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 67.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Will Davis II is averaging 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while Mamadou Ndiaye is averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. Luke Nelson is dishing four assists and Alex Young is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The UC Irvine Anteaters have four players averaging at least 9.8 points, and they’re shooting 69.5 percent from the line and 39.7 percent from deep. Defensively, UC Irvine is allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in six of its last seven games.
The Anteaters are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Gauchos are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
I look for Williams to take over this game and for the Gauchos to win a pick em contest.