UC Riverside vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (18-9) at UC Riverside Highlanders (15-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:00 pm (Student Recreation Center)

The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders +1 -- Over/Under: 124

TV: ESPN3

The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos and the UC-Riverside Highlanders meet in Big West conference college basketball action from the SRC Arena on Thursday night.

The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will try to hold serve near the top of the Big West standings, sitting at 7-5 in conference play after a 70-56 win over UC-Davis last time out. Max Heidegger has 16.9 PPG while Amadou Sow has 14.6 PPG and a team-high 7.2 RPG and JaQuori McLaughlin has 13.4 PPG and a team-high 3.8 APG this season. As a team, UC-Santa Barbara is averaging 72.1 points on 47% shooting from the field, 34.1% from 3-point range and 75.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.9 points on 45.2% shooting from the field and 35.7% from 3-point range this season. UC-Santa Barbara is 7-6 straight up and 7-5-1 against the spread on the road this season.

The UC-Riverside Highlanders will try to climb some ranks in the Big West table down the stretch, sitting at 5-8 in conference play after a 61-49 win over Cal Poly last time out. Arinze Chidom has 10.9 PPG and 6.6 RPG in 18 games this season while Callum McRae has 9.4 PPG and 6.1 RPG and Khyber Kabellish has 3.2 APG this season. As a team, UC-Riverside is averaging 65 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 35.4% from 3-point range and 69.3% from the foul line while allowing 61 points on 40.9% shooting from the field and 35% from 3-point range this season. UC-Riverside is 10-4 straight up and 7-4 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the underdog is 15-5-1 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.

I expect this one to be a tight affair throughout, as the Highlanders have had a lot of close losses lately, so one would think maybe the Highlanders are due for one here. However, UC-Santa Barbara is just the better team side by side, and I just think that the Gauchos will be too much, even on the road, in a near pick ‘em. I’ll lay the point with the Gauchos here.

Chris’s Pick UC-Santa Barbara -1

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.