Looking to win big? The Matadors and Gauchos face off at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Gauchos are hosting the game at The Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, CA. The odds for this Big West conference game currently have UC Santa Barbara as the -6.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 152 points.
CSUN MATADORS VS UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -6.5
This game will be played at The Thunderdome at 10:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.
WHY BET THE UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Gauchos.
- Not only will UC Santa Barbara pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 152 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Does CSUN Have a Shot at a Road Win?
CSUN has been slightly better on the road this season, going 6-6 compared to 7-3 at home. They come into this game on a two-game win streak, and they are 15-9 overall. In Big West play, they are 6-6.
So far, the Matadors have been the underdog in 11 games, going 5-6. They are 8-3 when favored. Their average scoring margin on the road is -2.0, and their record away from home is 5-5 over their last 10 games.
CSUN has been solid against the spread this season, going 16-6. On the road, they have an ATS mark of 9-3. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Matadors have gone 7-3 vs. the spread.
CSUN’s over/under record for the season is 9-12-1, and today’s line of 152 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (148.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 144 points, and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 4-5-1.
The Matadors’ offense finished with 78 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 76.3 points per contest. Offensively, the Matadors hold a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, placing them 165th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 284th in terms of percentage and 357th in three-pointers made.
So far, the Matadors’ defense is ranked 197th in the country at 72.8 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, CSUN’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.8% this season.
Will UC Santa Barbara Win at Home?
UC Santa Barbara will look to snap a three-game home losing streak when they host CSUN as 6.5-point favorites. So far, the Gauchos are 5-5 at home compared to 6-4 on the road.
UCSB’s overall record is 13-9, including a 6-6 mark in Big West Conference games. They have gone 7-6 when favored and 4-3 when listed as the underdog.
UC Santa Barbara has been underwhelming vs the spread this season with an 8-11-1 mark. Their ATS record at home is just 2-7-1 and they are 4-8-1 vs the spread when favored this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gauchos are just 4-6 ATS.
So far this season, the over/under record for UC Santa Barbara games is 11-9. The average over/under line in their games is 145.4 while the average scoring total is 145.6, resulting in a margin of just 0.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 152 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year. However, over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 137 points.
Most recently, the UC Santa Barbara offense finished with just 61 points vs. UC Irvine. For the game, they hit 4/13 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 44.2%. Leading the team in scoring is Ajay Mitchell, who is averaging 19.6 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Yohan Traore also maintains a PPG average of 14.7 heading into game.
Currently, the Gauchos’ defense holds the 179th rank in the nation, allowing 72.2 points per game. In today’s game, the UC Santa Barbara defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 4 three-pointers while giving up 76 points.