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Troy Trojans vs. Santa Barbara Gauchos Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/19/13

Santa Barbara Gauchos (5-3) at Troy Trojans (4-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)

The Line: Troy Trojans +13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

The Troy Trojans and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos square off in the Basketball Travelers Classic.

Troy has been able to defend and score at times and have struggled with both at times which is reflected in their record. Neither area stood out in a 72-43 defeat at Kansas State which got quickly out of hand with with the Wildcats taking a 22 point half time lead and never looking back. KSU shot the ball better at 43%-36% and used 16 Troy turnovers and 16 offensive rebounds to total 18 more looks at the basket which was the decisive factor. Antoine Myers led the Trojans offense with 12 points with Westley Hinton contributing ten points and six boards followed by Kevin Thomas with eight points and seven rebounds.

Troy Trojans vs. Santa Barbara Gauchos Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/19/13

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Thus far UC Santa Barbara has shown to be capable at both ends of the floor with only one poor performance coming in a 13 point loss to UCLA which we now know is nothing to be ashamed of. Both the scoring and defense came together well in a 72-61 victory at San Diego for consecutive wins to up their record to 5-3. The Gauchos were clearly the better shooting team at 53.5% including a 9-20 effort from long range while the Toreros were limited to 40% from the floor which rendered their 17 extra shots null and void. Michael Bryson led all scorers with 21 points followed by a 12 point effort from Kyle Boswell while Alan Williams and Zalmico Harmon netted eleven points apiece with Williams also snagging seven rebounds.

I look at this game and I like this Santa Barbara squad. This one comes down to potential to cover in my view is the Gauchos cover if they play well...

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