The Southern University Jaguars (3-9), who are currently on a five-game losing streak, will try to get back in the win column when they visit Thunderdome to take on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (7-4). Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Friday, December 20, 2019.
Southern University Jaguars at UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Betting Preview
The Jaguars fell to the California Baptist Lancers in their last matchup, 78-61. Southern University’s Ahsante Shivers recorded 10 points and five rebounds in the contest. California Baptist’s 0.254 free throw rate was their largest strength over Southern University, who had a mark of 0.121. The Lancers’ mark was below their season average of 0.274, while the Jaguars’ was below their season average of 0.158.
The last time the Gauchos played, they topped the Idaho State Bengals, 74-68. With 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting, Devearl Ramsey was UC Santa Barbara’s high scorer. UC Santa Barbara dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 35.9 (above their season average of 33.4) and a turnover percentage of 16.9 (worse than their season average of 15.5). For those same stats, Idaho State had marks of 20.0 and 21.6, respectively.
The high-octane offense of UC Santa Barbara will face off against the porous defense of Southern University. The Gauchos currently rank 36th in offensive efficiency, while the Jaguars are 317th in defensive efficiency. The Gauchos figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
Southern University at UC Santa Barbara Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – UC Santa Barbara, ATS Winner – UC Santa Barbara, O/U – Under
UC Santa Barbara ranks 27th in rebounds allowed per game (30.1) while Southern University ranks 136th (35.1).
The Gauchos rank 12th in steals allowed per game (4.7) while the Jaguars rank 69th (6.0).
UC Santa Barbara ranks 102nd in blocks per game (2.6) while Southern University ranks 110th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
The Gauchos’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.4, up from 4.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Jaguars have scored an average of 57.2 points per game (6.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.6 points per game (7.1 above their season average).