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UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Irvine - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Irvine Anteaters (9-9) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (2-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)

The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos +6.5 -- Over/Under: 131 See the Latest Odds

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The UC Irvine Anteaters and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos meet Thursday in college basketball action at The Thunderdome.

The UC Irvine Anteaters look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 68.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Jaron Martin is averaging 14 points and 3.3 rebounds while Luke Nelson is averaging 13.7 points and two assists. Ioannis Dimakopoulos is the third double-digit scorer and Eyassu Worku is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.2 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have lost five of their last seven road games.

UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Irvine - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos could use a bounce back win after losing six of their last seven games. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 64.2 points on 36.7 percent shooting and allowing 76.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Gabe Vincent is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while Max Heidegger is averaging 8.5 points and 1.1 assists. Eric Childress is dishing 3.7 assists and Ami Lakoju is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 27.8 percent from beyond the arc and 61.4 percent from the free throw line. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have lost three of their last five home games.

The Anteaters are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gauchos are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Anteaters are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos aren't winning games and aren't covering, which makes them a fade almost any night. UC Irvine is playing its best ball of the season during this four-game winning streak and did beat UC Santa Barbara by nine points on the road last season. I'll take the Anteaters and the reasonable chalk.

UC Irvine Anteaters -6.5

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