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UC Santa Barbara vs. Oregon State - 11/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oregon State Beavers (3-0) vs. UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (1-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (The Thunderdome)

The Line: UC Santa Barbara +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Oregon State Beavers will travel to The Thunderdome to take on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Oregon State Beavers improved to 3-0 (0-0 PAC 12) on the season after they were able to defeat the Rice Owls 77-69 this past Thursday. The Beavers used a 17-6 run over the final six minutes of the first half to take an 11 point half-time lead and never led Rice get within six points of taking the lead in the 2nd half. Oregon State was solid on the offensive end shooting 52.0% from the field and 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc. The Beavers held the Owls to 30.8% (8-26) shooting from three-point range and forced Rice into committing 13 turnovers in the victory.  Leading the way for Oregon State was Gary Payton II who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. On the season, the Beavers have been led by Gary Payton II (15.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 6.0 apg, 4.3 spg), Drew Eubanks (12.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Tres Tinkle (12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), and Stephen Thompson Jr. (12.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg). Offensively, Oregon State is shooting 49.6% from the field over its first three games while dishing out an average of 18.5 apg. Defensively, the Beavers are holding its opponents to 33.6% shooting from the field and currently have a plus 5.5 turnover margin.

UC Santa Barbara vs. Oregon State - 11/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos dropped to 1-1 (0-0 Big West) on the season after being defeated by the 15th ranked California Golden Bears 85-67 this past Monday. California opened up the game on a 13-4 run which led to the Gauchos being down by a 47-28 margin at halftime. UC Santa Barbara shot 40.0% from the field however, struggled at the FT line hitting just 54.5% (12-22) of their FT’s. The Gauchos allowed California to shoot 49.0% from the field and was outrebounded by the Golden Bears by a 38-30 margin. Leading the way for UC Santa Barbara was Michael Bryson who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and John Green who had 12 points, 5 rebounds. On the season, the Gauchos have been led by Michael Bryson (23.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg), John Green (17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg) and Gabe Vincent (10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg). Offensively, UC Santa Barbara is shooting just 37.4% from the field and 26.2% from beyond the arc in its first two games. Defensively, the Gauchos are allowing opponents to shoot 42.0% from the field and currently have a -2 rebound margin.

The Beavers are 40-19-2 ATS in their last 61 non-conference games however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Gauchos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss.

Oregon State was able to pull out the victory against a struggling Rice team largely thanks to the great all-around effort by their leader, Gary Payton II. UC Santa Barbara lost one of their best players from last year’s 19-14 team in Alan Williams (17.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg) but the Gauchos are still one of the favorites in the Big West as they a loaded at the guard position. Oregon State is a defensively minded team however, I think UC Santa Barbara is a much better shooting team then they have displayed on the road their first two teams and that they do enough to keep this one within the number and even possibility win this one outright. Take UC Santa Barbara and the points. 

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