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LBSU vs. UC Santa Barbara - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UC Santa Barbara at LBSU
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Walter Pyramid
Long Beach, California
The Line
The Line: LBSU PK -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and Long Beach State 49ers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Walter Pyramid.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos look for another win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 75.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 64.4 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Ar'Mond Davis is averaging 14.4 points and 5.5 rebounds while Devearl Ramsey is averaging 12.1 points and 3.5 assists. JaQuori McLaughlin is the third double-digit scorer and Amadou Sow is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are allowing 28.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.3 rebounds per game. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have lost four of their last six road games.

The Long Beach State 49ers could use a win after splitting their last six games. The Long Beach State 49ers are averaging 75.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 77.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Deishuan Booker is averaging 17.2 points and 4.6 assists while Temidayo Yussuf is averaging 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds. Bryan Alberts is the third double-digit scorer and KJ Byers is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Long Beach State 49ers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Long Beach State 49ers are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Long Beach State 49ers have won five of their last six home games.

The Gauchos are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games, 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big West. The 49ers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. The Gauchos are 8-19 ATS in the last 27 meetings. The over is 4-1 in 49ers last 5 overall. The under is 9-4 in Gauchos last 13 overall.

The Long Beach State 49ers have won six of the last eight meetings against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Long Beach State is also winning its home games by an average of 2.5 points this season, while UC Santa Barbara is losing on the road by an average of 3.4 points. The Gauchos have been extremely impressive when it comes to covering numbers on the road dating back to last season, but this is a true pick em game and Long Beach State has the ability to control the pace of games like this at home. I'll give the slight edge to the 49ers at home, even though the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are the better team overall.

Pick:
LBSU PK

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