UC-Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cal Poly Mustangs (7-22) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (20-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Thunderdome)
The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos -12.5 -- Over/Under: 133
TV: Big West
The Cal Poly Mustangs and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos meet Saturday in college basketball action at The Thunderdome.
The Cal Poly Mustangs need a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Cal Poly Mustangs are averaging 67.6 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 75.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Junior Ballard is averaging 12.8 points and 3.6 rebounds while Colby Rogers is averaging nine points and 2.6 rebounds. Tuukka Jaakkola is dishing 0.8 assists and Malek Harwell is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Cal Poly Mustangs are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cal Poly Mustangs are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.3 rebounds per game. The Cal Poly Mustangs haven’t won a road game this season.
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 70.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Max Heidegger is averaging 16.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while Amadou Sow is averaging 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. JaQuori McLaughlin is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Freeman is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have won five straight home games.
The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Cal Poly Mustangs aren't playing good basketball during this six-game losing streak and were beat up in the first meeting, losing by 18 points back in January. However, the Cal Poly Mustangs are 9-5 against the spread on the road this season and an impressive 6-1 against the spread as a double-digit underdog. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are just 6-7 against the spread at home and 2-3 against the spread as a double-digit favorite. Based on the trends, I'm going to lean toward Cal Poly and the boatload of points.