Santa Barbara vs. USC - 12/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Trojans (5-2) at Santa Barbara Gauchos (2-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)
The Line: Santa Barbara Gauchos +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The USC Trojans and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos square off Thursday night at The Thunderdome.
The USC Trojans look to snap back-to-back losses with their first road victory. The USC Trojans are averaging 84.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 73.9 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Jordan McLaughlin is averaging 15.3 points and 4.1 assists while Bennie Boatwright is averaging 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Julian Jacobs is dishing 5.6 assists and Nikola Jovanovic is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. USC is averaging more than 13 offensive rebounds per game and 44 overall, something that should carry over well in Pac-12 play. The USC Trojans have lost nine straight road games.
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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos could use a nice victory after losing three of their last four games. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 64.4 points on 39.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Michael Bryson is averaging 18.8 points and 3.3 assists while John Green is averaging 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Gabe Vincent is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Childress is dishing 3.2 assists. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 28 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. UC Santa Barbara has made just 28 of 100 threes but is averaging just 12 turnovers and allowing 29 percent shooting from deep. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have won seven of their last eight home games.
The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Gauchos are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win.
I'm not sold on the USC Trojans, especially on the road where they've lost nine straight dating back to last season. UC Santa Barbara plays well at home and is an above-average defensive team. I'll take a shot with the Gauchos at home.