UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Irvine - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (17-16) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (23-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UC Irvine Anteaters and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos meet Friday in the college basketball Big West Tournament semifinals at the Honda Center.
The UC Irvine Anteaters look for another victory after beating Hawaii on Thursday. The UC Irvine Anteaters are averaging 70.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 67.3 points on 39 percent shooting. Evan Leonard is averaging 13.5 points and two assists while Eyassu Worku is averaging 11.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. Tommy Rutherford is the third double-digit scorer and Max Hazzard is dishing two assists. The UC Irvine Anteaters are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The UC Irvine Anteaters are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The UC Irvine Anteaters have won three straight neutral site games.
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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos look for another victory after beating Cal Poly on Thursday. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 76.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Max Heidegger is averaging 19.4 points and 2.5 assists while Leland King II is averaging 15.9 points and 10.5 rebounds. Jalen Canty is the third double-digit scorer and Gabe Vincent is dishing 3.4 assists. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are 2-0 SU this season in neutral site games.
The Anteaters are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Gauchos are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win and 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Anteaters are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 18-7-2 in the last 27 meetings.
Both teams won by double digits this season on their home court, and UC Irvine enters this game in better form, which includes holding teams to just 38.9 percent shooting in its last five games. However, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have been the more consistent and better team over the course of the season and are outscoring teams by nearly six points, while the Anteaters have a point differential of +0.5. In a pick em spot, I'm backing the consistency and rolling with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos.