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Sacramento State vs. UC-Santa Barbara - 12/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-3) at Sacramento State Hornets (3-9)
Date & Time Saturday December 23, 2017, 10:05 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Sacramento State Hornets +7.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5
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NCAA BB | UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-3) at Sacramento State Hornets (3-9)

We have some non-conference action on the hardwood, as the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos take on the Sacramento State Hornets in a college basketball matchup on Saturday night.

The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will look to build some steam after winning 8 of their last 9 games, including an 87-69 win over subdivision San Diego Christian in their last outing. Max Heidegger led the team with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 3 triples and a team-high 4 assists. Jalen Canty and Ami Lakoju tied for 2nd with 12 points apiece, with Canty going 5 of 7 with 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks in 14 minutes while Lakoju went 5 of 6 from the floor in 14 minutes. Leland King II added 11 points and a team-high 7 rebounds to round out the scoring in double digits for the Gauchos in the win. Christian Terrell and Gabe Vincent each had 4 assists, while Sam Walters added a pair of steals. Heidegger leads the team in scoring with an average of 22.5 points per game, while King II is the team’s leading rebounder with 9.5 boards per game and Vincent leads the way with 4 assists per game this season. As a team, UC-Santa Barbara is scoring 78.4 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 39.7% from behind the arc and 67.6% from the foul line this season.

The Sacramento State Hornets will try to spark some consistent play after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including an 80-75 loss to Portland last time out. Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa led the team with 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 5 threes, while Justin Strings chipped in 19 points, with 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double and Jordan Tolbert added 16 points on a perfect 6 of 6 shooting from the floor with 3 triples to round out the scoring in double digits for the Hornets in the loss. Strings leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 16.3 points and 7.8 boards per game, while Mauriohooho-Le’afa leads the team with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Sacramento State is scoring 64 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the 3-point line and 66.7% from the foul line this season.

UC-Santa Barbara is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 non-conference games. Sacramento State is 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 home games.

Sacramento State has held things close lately and have competed against some solid competition. The problem is that UCSB is gaining some steam, and have covered the spread in their last 5 road games and in 7 of their last 8 games overall. Even on the road, I think the Gauchos will be too much for Sac State to handle, so I’ll lay the points with the Gauchos in this one.

UC-Santa Barbara -7.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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