USC Trojans vs. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos - 11/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (0-4) at USC Trojans (5-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Sunday evening from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos will be visiting the USC Trojans in college basketball action.
UC Santa Barbara enters here with a rough 0-4 record on the year. The Gauchos dropped their opener against Omaha 74-60, then lost to San Francisco 75-63, CSU Bakersfield 77-70 and SMU 84-57.
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Gabe Vincent has been the top player for UC Santa Barbara so far with 16.5 PPG and 4.5 RPG. Eric Childress and Max Heidegger have also been playing well for the Gauchos; Childress has 10.8 PPG with 4.0 RPG and Heidegger is holding 10.5 PPG thus far.
Over on the USC side, they’re sitting pretty with a 5-0 record on the year. The Trojans won their opener 75-61 against Montana, then rattled off victories 82-72 against Omaha, 65-63 against Texas A&M, 88-54 versus New Orleans and 78-73 against SMU.
Elija Stewart, Shaqquan Aaron and Benni Boatwright have been leading the way for USC; Stewart has 15.8 PPG with 7.2 RPG, Aaron has 11.2 PPG with 3.6 RPG and Boatwright holds 11.0 PPG with 5.0 RPG. Chimezie Metu (10.8 PPG; 7.6 RPG) and De’Anthony Melton (10.4 PPG ; 6.4 RPG) are also averaging in double-figures for the Trojans.
UC Santa Barbara is 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss, and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six Sunday games. UC Santa Barbara is also 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up loss of more than 20 points, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Meanwhile, USC is 6-1 ATS in their last seven versus the Big West, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. USC is also 1-5 ATS in their last six Sunday games, and 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win.
This is a pretty cupcake matchup for USC, as the Gauchos won’t provide much of a challenge at all. The question becomes exactly how much the Trojans will win by, and by all indications it should be a lot. I’ll take USC to cover here, as it won’t even be close. The spread really isn't too bad, considering the matchup.