UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (7-3) at Cal State-Northridge Matadors (4-4)
College Basketball: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Matadome)
The Line: Cal State-Northridge Matadors +7 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and CSU Northridge Matadors meet Friday in college basketball action at the Matadome.
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos look to build on their four-game winning streak. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 78.1 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 62.4 points on 41 percent shooting. JaQuori McLaughlin is averaging 15.7 points and 3.4 rebounds while Ajare Yanni is averaging 12.5 points and 2.3 rebounds. Amadou Sow is the third double-digit scorer and Miles Norris is grabbing five rebounds. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game.
The CSU Northridge Matadors look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The CSU Northridge Matadors are averaging 75.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 77.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. TJ Starks is averaging 19.2 points and 3.2 rebounds while Lance Coleman II is averaging 17.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. Alex Merkviladze is the third double-digit scorer and Miles Brookins is grabbing four rebounds. The CSU Northridge Matadors are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The CSU Northridge Matadors are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game.
The Gauchos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Matadors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Gauchos last 7 Friday games. The over is 5-1 in Matadors last 6 overall. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 24-9 ATS in the last 33 meetings.
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are the better team, are playing the better basketball and have a clear edge on the defensive side of the court. However, the CSU Northridge Matadors are a team that competes, plays a lot of games down to the wire and has covered nine of their last 12 contests. I'm going to grab the points with the Matadors.