Pittsburgh vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 11/15/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (1-0) at Pittsburgh Panthers (0-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -38.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds
Over at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and the Pittsburgh Panthers will be meeting up in college basketball action.
UC Santa Barbara is coming off a disappointing 6-22 season. That mark included a 3-20 start before the Gauchos closed out the year on a relative high note with three wins in their final five games.
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UC Santa Barbara came out strong in their first game this year with an 85-66 win over North Dakota State. Leading the way for the Gauchos in that one were Max Heidegger (33 points; three rebounds; three assists) and Leland King (23 points; nine rebounds; three assists).
Over on the Panthers’ side, they’re sitting at 0-2 on the young season with losses to Navy 71-62 and Montana 83-78 in OT. In that Montana game, Shamiel Stevenson led the scoring with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench.
Through two games this year, Jared Wilson-Frame heads up the Panthers scoring with 17.5 PPG and 2.5 RPG. Ryan Luther (16.0 PPG; 9.5 RPG), Stevenson (13.0 PPG; 7.5 RPG) and Marcus Carr (10.0 PPG; 3.5 APG) are also in double-figures for the Panthers.
The Gauchos are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games versus a team with a losing straight-up record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. UC Santa Barbara is also 2-8 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven Wednesday games.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last five Wednesday games and 20-44-2 ATS in their last 66 home games. Pittsburgh is also 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four versus the Big West.
Pittsburgh is favored by a very wide margin here, and they have been less than inspiring throughout their first couple of games. The Gauchos have some decent scoring on their roster, so I like UC Santa Barbara to get in and cover here. It's a pretty big line.