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UC-Santa Barbara vs. San Francisco - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco Dons (12-1) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos +4 -- Over/Under: 133
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NCAA BB | San Francisco Dons (12-1) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-3)
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The San Francisco Dons and the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos meet in college basketball action from the Thunderdome on Saturday night.

The San Francisco Dons will look to build on their 5-game winning streak after a 74-65 win over Stanford in their last outing. Charles Minlend led the Dons with 19 points with a pair of threes while Frankie Ferrari came right behind with 17 points and a team-high 5 assists with a pair of steals. Jimbo Lull added 11 points with a game-high 15 rebounds for the double-double while Matt McCarthy added 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting in just 14 minutes on the floor to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for the Dons in the win. Minlend leads San Francisco in scoring with 15 points per game this season while McCarthy leads the Dons on the glass with 7.2 rebounds per game and Ferrari leads San Francisco in assists with 6 assists per game this season. As a team, San Francisco is averaging 78.8 points per game on 48.4% shooting from the floor, 34.2% from behind the 3-point line and 64.6% from the foul line this season. The Dons are also tough defensively, sitting 9thin the country in scoring defense, allowing just 58.8 points per game this season.

The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will look to build on an 84-65 win over Idaho State in their last outing. Ar’Mond Davis led the Gauchos with 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 triples while Deveari Ramsey came right behind with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and 5 assists. Amadou Sow, Jarriesse Blackmon and Sekou Toure each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Gauchos in the win, with Blackmon shooting 5 of 6 from the floor with 5 rebounds while Toure shot 5 of 6 from the field as well. Max Heidegger scored 6 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 8 assists in the win. Davis leads UCSB in scoring with 15.3 points per game while Sow leads the Gauchos in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game and Ramsey leads UC-Santa Barbara in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, UC-Santa Barbara is averaging 75.6 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the 3-point line and 72.7% from the foul line this season. 

San Francisco is 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 12-30-1 ATS in their last 43 games against the Big West while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record. UC-Santa Barbara is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 18-5 ATS in their last 23 non-conference games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. The underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between the two. 

Points with the home dog in UCSB is tempting considering how much success the underdog has had in this matchup. However, San Francisco being favored just goes to speak to how well the Dons have played this season, and between the two, the Dons are the much better team defensively. The road team has had just as much success in this matchup, so with that said, I’ll side with the Dons and lay the points as I see San Francisco flexing their defensive muscle in this one.

Pick:
San Francisco -4

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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