UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UC Riverside Highlanders (17-15) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (21-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm (Honda Center)

The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos -3.5 -- Over/Under: 121.5

TV: ESPN3

The UC-Riverside Highlanders and the UC-Santa Barbara Highlanders meet in a Big West tournament quarter-final matchup from the Honda Center on Thursday night.

The UC-Riverside Highlanders come into the conference tournament as the #6-seed, finishing the year with a 7-9 record in conference play as part of their 17-15 overall record this season. Arinze Chidom leads UC-Riverside in scoring with 11.8 PPG and 6.6 RPG while Callum McRae has 9.6 PPG and 6.2 RPG this season. Khyber Kabellis has a team-high 3.2 APG this season. As a team, UC-Riverside is averaging 64.3 points on 43.6% shooting from the field, 35.2% from 3-point range and 68.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 60.6 points on 40.4% shooting from the field and 35.2% from 3-point range this season.

The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos enter the tournament as the #3-seed, finishing the year with a 10-6 mark in conference play as part of a 21-10 overall record this season. Max Heidegger has 16 PPG across 18 games this season while Amadou Sow has 14.1 PPG and a team-high 7 RPG this season. JaQuori McLaughlin has 13.4 PPG and a team-high 4.1 APG as well for the Gauchos this season. As a team, UC-Santa Barbara is averaging 70.8 points on 45.8% shooting from the field, 34.2% from 3-point range and 75.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.3 points on 44.9% shooting from the field and 35% from 3-point range this season.

Head-to-head, the underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I’ve gone back and forth on this one, as either side could take this one, but UC-Santa Barbara won both regular season meetings this season. With that said, the Highlanders didn’t make life easy on the Gauchos this year, losing both meetings by a combined seven points this year. I just think this is another game that’s just a defensive war from beginning to end, so I’ll take a shot with UC-Riverside and the points here.

Chris’s Pick UC-Riverside +3

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