UC Irvine vs. Santa Barbara - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Santa Barbara Gauchos (8-11) at UC Irvine Anteaters (17-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Bren Events Center)
The Line: UC Irvine Anteaters -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and UC Irvine Anteaters meet Saturday at the Bren Events Center.
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 68.8 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 42 percent shooting. Michael Bryson is averaging 19.3 points and 6.1 rebounds while Gabe Vincent is averaging 13.2 points and 2.2 assists. Sam Beeler is grabbing five rebounds and Eric Childress is dishing 4.5 assists. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Gauchos are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have split their last 14 road games.
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The UC Irvine Anteaters look to remain hot after winning seven straight games. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 67.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 63 points and 37.7 percent shooting. Luke Nelson is averaging 12.5 points and 3.8 assists while Mamadou Ndiaye is averaging 12.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. Mike Best is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Alex Young is dishing 4.4 assists. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Anteaters are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have won 11 straight home games.
The Gauchos are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Anteaters are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Gauchos are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
UC Irvine doesn't lose often at home and has beaten up on UC Santa Barbara in five of the last seven meetings. I'll side with the Anteaters by double digits.