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UC-Santa Barbara vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (1-8) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (6-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)

The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BIGWEST.TV

On Tuesday evening out at UCSB Events Center, we’ve got college basketball action looming between the Omaha Mavericks and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. 

Omaha comes into this game with a 1-8 record so far. After their lone win against Drake on November 29, the Mavericks posted a loss at Washington in their last outing. In that one, Omaha’s Zach Jackson had 28 points. 

UC-Santa Barbara vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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On the season so far, Jackson leads the Mavericks with 17.6 PPG and 4.9 RPG, and Daniel Norl is second with 13.1 PPG and 5.2 RPG. Mitchell Hahn (12.0 PPG; 6.2 RPG) and KJ Robinson (10.9 PPG; 4.0 APG) are also in double-figures for Omaha. 

Over on the UC Santa Barbara side, they’re sitting at 6-2 on the year. The Gauchos have won their last five straight, including victories over Pepperdine, Montana, Prairie View A&M, San Francisco and San Diego. In that last game, the Gauchos’ top scorer was Max Heidegger with 21 points. 

Heidegger leads UCSB so far this year with 23.8 PPG, and Leland King is up there too with 18.1 PPG and a team-high 9.6 RPG. Also in the double-digit club for UC Santa Barbara are Jalen Canty (10.5 PPG; 8.3 RPG) and Marcus Jackson (10.4 PPG). 

The Mavericks are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following an ATS win. The under is 5-0 in Omaha’s last five overall and 5-0 in their last five Tuesday games. 

Meanwhile, the Gauchos are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games. UCSB is also 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games versus a team with a losing straight-up record. 

After showing some spunk over a couple of close games, the Mavericks reverted to form against Washington with a 13-point loss. As for the Gauchos, they’re not exactly lighting the scoreboard up lately—they’ve hit 70 in just one of their last three—but they’re taking care of business against the lesser teams. This is another such scenario, so I like UCSB to cover.

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