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UC-Santa Barbara vs UC Davis Basketball Picks 2-1-24

UC Davis Aggies (12-8) vs. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (12-7)
February 1, 2024 11:00 pm EDT
The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos -4.5; Over/Under: +139
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The UC Davis Aggies and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the UCSB Events Center. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free UC Davis vs UC Santa Barbara prediction.

UC Davis Coming off Bad Loss

UC Davis faced off against UC San Diego in the last game and it was a blowout loss. UC Davis scored only 59 points while the defense gave up 92 points on the way to the blowout defeat. Ty Johnson did have a strong game putting up 22 points, two rebounds, and two assists. UC Davis is averaging 72.2 points while their defense is giving up 67.6 points per game. The defense is ranked 88th in the league and they are going to need the defense to step up in a big way here. Elijah Pepper is having a strong season averaging 21 points while shooting 43.8 percent from the field. 

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UC Davis Betting Trends

  • UC Davis has won each of its last five night games.
  • Six of UC Davis’ last seven games against non-AP-ranked opponents at The Thunderdome have produced a total of 134 or fewer points.
  • UC Davis has won the first half in eight of its last 10 games.

UC Santa Barbara Coming off a Win

UC Santa Barbara faced off against Hawaii in the last game and the offense was strong. UC Santa Barbara scored 78 points and they ended up winning by 17 points. UC Santa Barbara on the season is averaging 78.6 points while their defense is giving up 72.4 points per game. The offense is ranked 74th in the league while the defense is ranked 201st. Ajay Mitchell has been the top player for UC Santa Barbara averaging 19.8 points while shooting 51.6 percent from the field. 

UC Santa Barbara Betting Trends

  • UC Santa Barbara has won seven of its last eight games against UC Davis.
  • Twenty-eight of UC Santa Barbara’s last 35 night games against Conference opponents at The Thunderdome have produced a total of 142 or fewer points.
  • UC Santa Barbara has lost the first half in each of its last four games at The Thunderdome.

UC Davis vs UC Santa Barbara Betting Prediction

UC Santa Barbara is averaging 78.6 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. UC Davis offense is ranked 240th in the league and their offense isn’t going to be good enough here. Look for UC Santa Barbara to go over 85 points here and that is going to be enough for them to get the job done here. Back UC Santa Barbara to come away with a cover of the spread here. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: UC Santa Barbara -4.5

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