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UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside Highlanders (5-10) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (11-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)

The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

We have some Big West conference college basketball action late Saturday night, as the UC-Riverside Highlanders take on the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos. 

The UC-Riverside Highlanders will look to snap a 3 game losing streak after dropping their conference opener by a final score of 68-65 at the hands of Cal State Fullerton. DJ Sylvester led the team with 24 points on 7 of 11 shooting including a perfect 5 of 5 from behind the arc with a team-high 5 rebounds. Alex Larsson and Dikymbe Martin added 10 points apiece to round out the scoring in double digits for the Highlanders in the losing effort. Larsson added a pair of blocks, while Martin chipped in a team-high 6 assists. Chance Murray added 9 points with 4 assists, while Menno Dijkstra added a pair of blocks in just 7 minutes on the floor. Martin leads the team in scoring with an average of 13.1 points per game, while Larsson leads the team in rebounding with 5.7 rebounds per game and Murray leads the team in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, UC-Riverside is scoring 67.8 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 30.7% from behind the arc and 69.5% from the foul line this season. 

UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will look to bounce back after also dropping their conference opener to Cal Poly by a final score of 80-79, after leading by as much as 21 points in the first 7:06 of the game. Jalen Canty led the team with 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting with 10 rebounds and 6 blocks while Max Heidegger came 2nd with 18 points. Gabe Vincent came 3rd with 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 triples while Leland King II added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the double-double to round out the scoring in double figures for the Gauchos in the loss. Marcus Jackson added 9 points and a team-high 4 assists in the losing effort as well. Heidegger leads the team in scoring with an average of 21.8 points per game, while Vincent is the team’s top assist man with 3.5 helpers per game and King II is averaging a double-double per game with 16.7 points to go along with his team-high average of 10.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UC-Santa Barbara is scoring 78.9 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 38.8% shooting from behind the arc and 68% from the foul line this season. 

UC-Riverside is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 conference matchups and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. UC-Santa Barbara is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 conference matchups. UC-Riverside is 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams. 

Watching the Gauchos on Thursday night get up 23-2 7 minutes into the game I sat there thinking okay, how much are they going to win by and how much will I be covering by. Then UCSB goes ahead and makes a fool out of me by letting Cal Poly chip away and eventually come back and win at the buzzer. UC-Riverside isn’t the best team in the country by any means, but they’ve had the Gauchos’ number against the spread over the last few years, and truth be told, a game like that from UCSB kinda makes them hard to trust the next time they take the floor, regardless of who it’s against, so I’ll take a stab at UC-Riverside and the points.

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