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Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cal Poly Mustangs (10-18) at Santa Barbara Gauchos (16-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Thunderdome)

The Line: Santa Barbara Gauchos -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Santa Barbara Gauchos look to stay on a roll with the Cal Poly Mustangs come to town.

The Cal Poly Mustangs are struggling similar to a few years ago where they suddenly got hot in the Big West playoffs and won them to go to the Big Dance. The Mustangs have dropped eight of ten following a 72-62 loss at UC Irvine Thursday as an eight point underdog. CP struggled to find the shooting touch at less then 33% with a 4-22 mark on threes hurting them. The Anteaters fired away at 57% which added up to 12 more baskets. David Nwaba carried the Mustangs attack with 25 points and ten rebounds on 8-12 with Reese Morgan tossing in 12 points while Brian Bennett adding nine points and six pulls.

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Santa Barbara Gauchos have been the hottest team in the Big West and right in time for the conference playoffs. The Gauchos have ripped off seven consecutive victories following  an 81-55 win versus UC Riverside with a 41-20 second half run breaking open a competitive contest. The Highlanders were done in by 34.5% accuracy with a 7-29 performance on threes while UCSB burned the nets at nearly 53% which was a decisive nine more field goals. Santa Barbara received 16 points and eight boards from Michael Bryson with John Green tossing in 14 points. Gabe Vincent was next in line with eleven points while Sam Beeler and Jarriesse Blackmon combining for 17 points. 

Cal Poly are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Big West and are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 Saturday games while the under is 7-3-1 in their last 11 Saturday games. The under is 12-4-2 in UCSB last 18 Saturday games and UCSB are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 home games. This is generally a competitive match up but I’ll go with the hot team…

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Santa Barbara -8 // line at -6

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