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Cal Poly vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (11-3) at Cal Poly Mustangs (5-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Mott Gymnasium)

The Line: Cal Poly Mustangs +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some Big West action on the hardwood as the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos take on the Cal Poly Mustangs in a college basketball matchup on Thursday night.

The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will look to keep the ball rolling into conference play after winning 3 straight and 10 of their last 11 games following an 81-49 win over subdivision Pacific Union in their last outing. Max Heidegger led the team with 16 points on 7 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals in just 15 minutes, while Jalen Canty and Leland King II each had 10 points and a double-double, with Canty adding 10 boards and King II chipping in 13 rebounds. Christian Terrell added 8 rebounds and Alex Hart added a pair of blocks in the winning effort for the Gauchos. Heidegger leads the team in scoring with 22.1 points per game, while King II is the team’s top rebounder with 9.9 boards per game and Game Vincent leads the way in assists with 3.6 helpers per game this season. As a team, UC-Santa Barbara is scoring 78.9 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the field, 39.1% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

Cal Poly vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cal Poly Mustangs will look to build some steam after stopping their 5 game losing streak with a 73-40 win over subdivision Notre Dame (CA). Donovan Fields led the team with 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes, while Victor Joseph came right behind with 11 points and a pair of steals. Marcellus Garrick and Josh Martin each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Mustangs in the win, with Martin adding 11 rebounds for the double-double. Joseph leads the team in scoring with an average of 13.6 points per game, while Fields leads the team in assists with 4.5 assists per game and Hank Hollingsworth leads the team in rebounding with 5.2 boards per game this season. As a team, Cal Poly is scoring 66.8 points per game on 41.2% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the arc and 72.7% from the foul line this season.

UC-Santa Barbara is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 13-3 in their last 16 conference matchups. Cal Poly is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 8-24-2 ATS in their last 34 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. UC-Santa Barbara is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings at Cal Poly.

UCSB has shown that they’re not afraid of going on the road and not only winning but covering as well, going 6-1 ATS away from home this season. Cal Poly is just too inconsistent for me to think they can hang with the Gauchos here, so I’ll lay the points with UCSB here.

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