Hawaii vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (12-4) at Hawaii Warriors (11-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1:00 am (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Hawaii Warriors -1 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds
We have some Big West conference action on the hardwood, as the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos take on the Hawaii Warriors in a college basketball matchup.
The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will look to pick up some steam after a 65-57 win over UC-Riverside in their last outing. Leland King II led the team with 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 4 triples and 13 rebounds for the double-double, while Max Heidegger added 19 points as the only other Gaucho to score in double figures, hitting 7 of 15 from the field with 5 threes. Marcus Jackson matched his team-high 7 assists with 7 points, while Gabe Vincent added 7 points with 5 boards, 4 assists and a pair of steals and Jalen Canty added 3 blocks in the win for UCSB. Heidegger leads the team in scoring with 21.6 points per game while King II is the team’s leading rebounder with a double-double per game, averaging 17.1 points with his team-high 10.4 rebounds, and Vincent leads the team with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, UC-Santa Barbara is scoring 78 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 38.8% from behind the arc and 68.4% from the foul line this season.
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The Hawaii Warriors will look to build on back-to-back conference victories, including a 57-45 win over Cal Poly last time out. Michael Thomas led the team with 22 points in addition to his 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks while Sheriff Drammeh added 13 points with 3 assists and a pair of steals as the only other Warrior to finish in double figures scoring in the win. Drew Buggs added 3 steals, while Gibson Johnson chipped in 8 rebounds in just 13 minutes on the floor. Thomas leads the team with 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while Buggs leads the team in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Hawaii is scoring 71.6 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 31.3% from behind the arc and 64.9% from the foul line this season.
UC-Santa Barbara is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Hawaii is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games while the over is 4-2 in their last 6 games overall. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Going on the road to Hawaii is never easy, as the time difference just has this inane ability to screw you up. However, it’s not like UCSB is a team from the East Coast that’s flying to the island, and the Gauchos have been in much better form this season. All in all, with this game almost essentially being a pick ‘em game, I’ll back UC-Santa Barbara to get the job done on the road.