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UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly - 1/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cal Poly at UC Santa Barbara
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Thunderdome
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: UC Santa Barbara -13.5 -- Over/Under: 133
TV Channel
Big West
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The Cal Poly Mustangs and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos meet Wednesday in college basketball action at The Thunderdome.

The Cal Poly Mustangs could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Cal Poly Mustangs are averaging 64.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 73.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Donovan Fields is averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 assists while Mark Crowe is averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. Marcellus Garrick is the third double-digit scorer and Jakub Niziol is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Cal Poly Mustangs are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cal Poly Mustangs are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.3 rebounds per game. The Cal Poly Mustangs have lost all seven road games this season.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 74.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Ar'Mond Davis is averaging 14.2 points and 5.4 rebounds while Max Heidegger is averaging 12.3 points and 3.7 assists. Devearl Ramsey is the third double-digit scorer and JaQuori McLaughlin is dishing 3.5 assists. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have won all seven home games this season.

The Mustangs are 4-14-2 ATS in their last 20 road games, 14-40-2 ATS in their last 56 vs. Big West and 21-49-2 ATS in their last 72 games overall. The Gauchos are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mustangs are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in UC Santa Barbara and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 34-15-2 in Gauchos last 51 home games. The over is 6-2 in Mustangs last 8 overall.

The Cal Poly Mustangs provide very little betting value when you consider they're being outscored by 8.9 points on the season, 12 points on the road and are just 4-7 ATS on the season. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are an impressive 9-3 ATS this season and are outscoring teams by 13.4 points at home thanks to 51.7 percent shooting. UC Santa Barbara has also won nine of the last 10 meetings over Cal Poly and majority of those games weren't close. I have no choice but to eat the chalk in this Big West showdown. 

Pick:
UC Santa Barbara -13.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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