The Long Beach State Beach (5-12, 0-1 BigWst) will try to put an end to the six-game winning streak of UC Santa Barbara when they travel to Thunderdome to meet the Gauchos (12-4, 1-0 BigWst). Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Long Beach State Beach vs. UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Free Preview
In the Beach’s last outing, they got blown out by the CSUN Matadors, 95-77. Long Beach State’s Michael Carter III had a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting. CSUN did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (20-26; 76.9 percent). Long Beach State, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 14.5 (better than their season average of 21.1).
The Gauchos come in on a high note after thoroughly outplaying the Cal Poly Mustangs in their last matchup, 63-45. UC Santa Barbara received a boost from JaQuori McLaughlin, who led the team in scoring with 15 points on 4-for-8 shooting. The Gauchos had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.589 (above their season average of 0.532), while the Mustangs had a turnover percentage of 20.6 (above the 16.1 mark opponents have averaged against UC Santa Barbara this season).
The productive offense of UC Santa Barbara (12th in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 113.6) will square off against the bottom-tier defense of Long Beach State (322nd in the country with a defensive efficiency of 106.7). The Gauchos figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. It will also be a matchup of conflicting paces as the up-tempo Beach rank 42nd in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Gauchos rank 344th.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. In the last contest, the Beach won 69-64. The Beach’s 15.1 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Gauchos, who had a mark of 17.9.
Long Beach State Beach at UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – UC Santa Barbara, ATS Winner – UC Santa Barbara, O/U – Over
The Gauchos rank 77th in three pointers allowed per game (20.2) while the Beach rank 234th (25.6).
UC Santa Barbara ranks 20th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Long Beach State ranks 72nd (3.1).
UC Santa Barbara ranks fifth in rebounds allowed per game (29.1) while Long Beach State ranks 217th (38.4).
The Gauchos rank 16th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while the Beach rank 197th (9.2).
UC Santa Barbara ranks 61st in assists allowed per game (11.3) while Long Beach State ranks 238th (17.4).
The Gauchos’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 14.8, up from 7.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Beach have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 80.2 points per game (0.8 above their season average).