Santa Barbara vs. Colorado State - 11/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado State Rams (5-0) at Santa Barbara Gauchos (2-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm (Sullivan Arena)
The Line: Santa Barbara Gauchos +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos and the Colorado State Rams face off on Saturday Night in Alaska in the Great Alaska Shootout college basketball tournament.
The UCSB Gauchos weren’t at their best on Friday but they did enough to get the win, beating Mercer to advance to this game. UCSB shot 37.5 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from beyond the three-point line while converting 79.2 percent of their free throw chances but it was good enough to get the win. Alan Williams led the Gauchos scoring 22 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. Michael Bryson had 17 points, DaJuan Smith had 11 points, and Zalmico Harmon had nine points. UCSB won the rebunding battle 39-29 but they are going to have to play better if they expect to win this one.
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The Colorado State Rams jumped all over Pacific early on Friday taking a 17-point halftime lead and they cruised to the win. CSU shot 52.2 percent from the floor, 44.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 57.6 percent from the free throw line to raise their record to 5-0. J.J. Avila led the Rams with 16 points ad six rebounds. Daniel Bejerano had 14 points and four rebounds, Stanton Kidd had 13 points, Gian Clavell had 13 points, and Joe De Ciman had 11 points. Colorado State looks to be a possible NCAA Tournament team this season.
UC-Santa Barbara is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 2-8 against the spread against the MWC, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games. Colorado State is 2-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, and 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games.
CSU hasn't been a good cover team but given the modest number here I see them bucking that trend.