Looking to win big? The Rainbow Warriors and Gauchos face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Gauchos are hosting the game at The Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, CA. This Big West conference matchup has an over/under of 141.5 points, and UC Santa Barbara is favored to win by -1.5 at home vs. Hawaii.

HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS VS UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -1.5

This game will be played at The Thunderdome at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

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 -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can Hawaii Grab a Win on the Road?

After winning their last game against Cal Poly by a score of 80-51, Hawaii is now 15-11 overall. They have won two games in a row and have gone 6-8 in Big West play. On the road this season, they have gone 5-6.

As the underdog, the Rainbow Warriors have gone 1-8 this season. For the year, they have been the underdog in nine games. Their average scoring differential on the road is -0.8 points per game.

As the underdog this season, Hawaii has an ATS record of just 1-8. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Rainbow Warriors are 2-8 vs. the spread. On the road this year, Hawaii has gone 5-6 ATS, and their last 3 road ATS mark is 2-1.

So far this season, the over/under record for Hawaii games is 13-10-1. The average scoring total in their games this year is 140.6 points. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 156 points. Today’s over/under line of 141.5 is similar to the average OU line in their games this year (137.9). Their over/under records in their last three, five, and 10 games are 3-0, 5-0, and 8-2, respectively.

Hawaii is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 80 points versus Cal Poly. This output is higher than their season-average of 72.7 points per game. Noel Coleman is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 13.3. Meanwhile, Bernardo Da Silva also brings a PPG average of 11.1 into the game.

The Rainbow Warriors’ defense is presently ranked 77th nationally, allowing an average of 67.9 points per contest. Hawaii will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Cal Poly to just 27% shooting in their most recent game.

Will the Gauchos Live Up to Expectations at Home?

UC Santa Barbara enters tonight’s game against Hawaii as the slight favorite, with a point spread of -1.5. The Gauchos have been favored in 14 of their 24 games this season, going 7-7 in those contests.

At home this season, UC Santa Barbara has gone 5-6, and they’ll be looking to snap a four-game losing streak at home. Over their last 10 games at home, the Gauchos have gone 5-5.

UC Santa Barbara has an ATS record of 8-13-1 this season. At home, they have gone just 2-8-1 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gauchos are just 3-7 vs. the number.

UC Santa Barbara’s over/under record for the season is 12-10, and today’s line of 141.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (145.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 6-4.

Coming off their recent game, the UC Santa Barbara offense tallied 46 points in a matchup against California-San Diego. Their field goal percentage for the game was 31.6%, and they made 2 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Yohan Traore with 14 points. Ajay Mitchell also added 8 points for the Gauchos.

At this time, the Gauchos’ defense is positioned 175th in the country, permitting 72.2 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UC Santa Barbara’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.4% this season.