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Cal Poly Mustangs vs. Santa Barbara Gauchos - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Barbara Gauchos (6-8) at Cal Poly Mustangs (6-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Mott Gymnasium)

The Line: Cal Poly Mustangs -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Cal Poly Mustangs shoot for some momentum with a win versus the Santa Barbara Gauchos.

The Santa Barbara Gauchos haven’t been doing anything out of the ordinary at either end of the floor which is why they carry a 6-8 record. The Gauchos appeared to be finding their way with four straight victories including wins versus Washington and Iona before losing to Hawaii 65-57 where the Warrior went on a 38-29 second half run to win. UCSB held Hawaii to 39% from the floor but could not capitalize with less then 38% marksmanship and 19 turnovers. Santa Barbara received 17 points from Gabe Vincent on five bombs with Michael Bryson adding 16 points and ten rebounds. Mitch Brewe chipped in with eight points and five yanks but scoring options were limited.

Cal Poly Mustangs vs. Santa Barbara Gauchos - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cal Poly Mustangs have been scoring enough to win but defense hasn’t been a strength with opponents being able to do plenty of damage on the scoreboard. That has been the trend in defeats in five of six capped off by an 86-73 loss at Hawaii as a ten point underdog. CP appeared to be poised for the upset with a tie game at the break but UH outscored the Mustangs 49-36 over the final 20 minutes. The Mustangs 42% from the floor was short of the Warriors 47% but this game was decided at the stripe with Hawaii turning 30 personals into 20 more free throws. Cal Poly received 17 points from Reese Morgan with David Nwaba adding 12 points and eight boards. Taylor Sutlive and Jaylen Shead rounded out the top scores with eleven and eight points.

Santa Barbara are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games and the under is 12-5-3 in their last 20 vs. Big West. Cal Poly are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. Both o these teams are not what they were in the past so having said that I’ll side with the points…

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UC Santa Barbara +3.5

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