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UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Davis Aggies (17-9) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (20-5)
Date & Time Saturday February 17, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos -7.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5
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NCAA BB | UC Davis Aggies (17-9) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (20-5)

We have some Big West conference action on the hardwood as the UC-Davis Aggies take on the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos in a college basketball matchup late Saturday afternoon.

The UC-Davis Aggies will look to get back on track after a 92-84 triple overtime win over Cal Poly in their last outing. Michael Onyebalu led the Aggies with 24 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 5 threes, while Siler Schneider came 2nd with 16 points along with 5 assists and 3 steals and Rogers Printup added 15 points. A.J. John added 13 points and Joe Mooney added 11 points with 3 triples while TJ Shorts II fell one assist shy of a triple double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for UC-Davis in the win. Chima Moneke will miss this game due to a suspension and will be missed as he’s still the Aggies’ top scorer with 18.4 points per game, while John leads the Aggies in rebounding with 3.6 rebounds per game and Shorts II leads UC-Davis in assists with 4 helpers per game this season. As a team, UC-Davis is scoring 72.8 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line this season.

The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will look to stay hot after making it 8 wins in a row with an 80-70 victory over Long Beach State in their last outing. Leland King II led the Gauchos with 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting with team-highs of 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the double-double, while Game Vincent came right behind in 2nd with 19 points and Max Heidegger added 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes. Marcus Jackson added 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for UCSB in the win. Heidegger leads the Gauchos with an average of 20.8 points per game while Vincent leads UC-Santa Barbara in assists with 3.5 assists per game and King II leads UCSB on the glass with a double-double per game, averaging 16.3 points along with his team-high 10.8 boards per game this season. As a team, UC-Santa Barbara is scoring 78 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 70% from the foul line this season.

UC-Davis is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 14-4 in their last 18 games overall. UC-Santa Barbara is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 conference matchups and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 19-7-1 in their last 27 home games. UC-Davis is 5-13-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings between these two teams and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings at UC-Santa Barbara. 

The Aggies have been very good on the road this season, but they’ve struggled against above average competition as of late. UCSB is the hottest team in the Big West right now and will undoubtedly be the favorite come tournament time, and given UC-Davis’ lack of success ATS in this matchup, I think the best choice is to 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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