Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Riverside Highlanders (14-16) at Santa Barbara Gauchos (15-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)
The Line: Santa Barbara Gauchos -11.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 See the Latest Odds
The Santa Barbara Gauchos look to climb the standings with a win versus the UC Riverside Highlanders.
The UC Riverside Highlanders are looking like 5th in the Big West will be their final resting spot as a chance to move up in the standings has gone by the wayside with defeats in five of six. The Highlanders are coming off of a 66-55 loss at Long Beach State as a 10.5 point underdog on Saturday. The 49ers took an early six point lead and stretched the advantage over the final 20 minutes. UCR held a 39.6%-37.7% shooting edge but LBSU managed 13 more looks at the basket thanks to 18 Highlanders turnovers for a difference of four baskets. Secean Johnson was the Highlanders only double digit scorer with 19 points and six pulls with Jaylen Bland and DJ Sylvester combining for 15 points.
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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos can finish no lower then 4th in the conference but can finish as high as second with wins in their final two contests if the cards fall their way. The surging Gauchos have won eight of ten with their defense generally controlling things. UCSB comes off of an 80-62 victory CS Fullerton as a 4.5 point road favorite. An eleven point edge grew bigger after the break behind 55% marksmanship including a 13-25 effort from beyond the arc. The 37% accuracy of the Titans added up to eleven more Gauchos buckets. John Green and Michael Bryson netted 19 points apiece with Bryson grabbing eight boards while Gabe Vincent and Sam Beeler combined for 17 points.
UCSB are 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and the under is 16-7-2 in their last 25 Thursday games. UC Riverside are 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the underdog is 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. I like the Gauchos who win but I can’t lay the chalk…