Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Santa Barbara Gauchos - 3/29/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Santa Barbara Gauchos (19-13) at Old Dominion Monarchs (23-13)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Mandalay Bay Event Center)
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Old Dominion Monarchs faceoff with the Santa Barbara Gauchos in the Vegas 8 semis.
The Old Dominion Monarchs seemed like a perfect fit for the NIT but received no invitation and accepted a bid to the Vegas Eight tournament and didn’t disappoint with a 75-59 victory versus Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles were pummeled 43-29 over the final 20 minutes as a close game at the half got away from them with the Monarchs firing away at nearly 52%. The Golden Eagles could not keep pace on 43% with nine more ODU looks at the basket adding up to seven more field goals. Trey Freeman led the Monarchs attack with 18 points on 7-15 followed by Aaron Bacote netting 16 points. Zoran Talley was next in line with 14 points while Brandan Stith and Nik Biberaj combined for 17 points and seven rebounds apiece.
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The Santa Barbara Gauchos might have won the Big West if they played the entire conference schedule as well as the last month. As one of the hottest teams over the last month I thought they were a no brainer pick to knock off Northern Illinois until the Huskies jumped to an eleven point lead after 20 minutes. A 38-20 second half run by UCSB set things right with a 70-63 decision sending them to the Vegas 8 semifinals. The Huskies were done in by their 39% marksmanship while the Gauchos 46% accuracy added up to five more baskets. Gabe Vincent led the Santa Barbara offense with 20 points with Sam Beeler adding 16 points and six boards while Michael Bryson chipped in with nine points and another six boards.
Old Dominion was solid coming down the stretch in the CUSA and Santa Barbara was just as good over the last month in the Big West. No line is out but these are both very good teams that will but on a good show for the fans. Please check back for a line…