Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Roadrunners versus the Gauchos? Tip off is at at 10:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at The Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, CA. The over/under for this game is set at 140.5 points, and the Gauchos are the home favorites against the Roadrunners in a Big West conference matchup.


The Pick: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -8

This game will be played at The Thunderdome at 10:00 ET on Thursday, January 11th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-66 in favor of the Gauchos.
  • Not only will UC Santa Barbara pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Roadrunners Come Through as Road Underdogs?

With a record of 5-9, Bakersfield is on a three-game losing streak and has gone 0-3 in Big West Conference play. Overall, they are 0-5 on the road compared to a 2-2 mark at home. On the season, their average scoring margin on the road is -12.1 points per game.

Today, Bakersfield is an eight-point underdog, and they have gone 1-9 in their 10 games as the underdog. In their last game, they lost to Hawaii by a score of 78-67.

On the season, Bakersfield’s ATS record is 4-8, including a 3-5 mark on the road. Their ATS record as the underdog is 3-7, and they have gone 0-3 vs. the spread as the underdog in their last three games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Roadrunners are 3-7.

So far this season, the over/under record for Bakersfield is 9-3, and today’s line of 140.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (136.9). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 138 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Bakersfield offense tallied 67 points in a matchup against Hawaii. Their field goal percentage for the game was 42.1%, and they made 4 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Kaleb Higgins who comes into today’s matchup averaging 16.9. Ugnius Jarusevicius also heads into the game with a PPG average of 8.3.

On the defensive side, Bakersfield is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.2 points per game. The Bakersfield defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 78 points and allowed Hawaii to connect on 4 threes.

Will UC Santa Barbara Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

UC Santa Barbara enters this game as an 8-point favorite, and they are 4-4 this season when favored. At home, the Gauchos have gone 3-2 this season, and they have won eight of their last 10 games at home.

Overall, UC Santa Barbara is 8-6 this season, and they are coming off of a 61-52 win over Cal Poly. In their last five games, the Gauchos have gone 4-1, and they are 2-1 at home during this stretch.

UC Santa Barbara’s ATS record this season is 4-7-1, including a 1-3-1 mark at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gauchos are 4-5-1 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for UC Santa Barbara games is 6-6 and today’s over/under line of 140.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (146.2). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 140 points.

In their latest game, UC Santa Barbara offense put up 61 points against Cal Poly. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 50% and made 5 threes. Offensively, the Gauchos hold a season-long field goal percentage of 51%, placing them 17th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 115th in terms of percentage and 300th in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Gauchos’ defense holds the 205th rank in the nation, allowing 73.7 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.8 threes per game vs. Bakersfield. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.2%.