Betting on today’s Gauchos and Tritons game? Catch the action at LionTree Arena in San Diego, CA, as the Tritons hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Big West conference contest is set at 144 points, with California-San Diego being favored by -6 at home against UC Santa Barbara.


The Pick: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos +6

This game will be played at LionTree Arena at 10:00 ET on Thursday, February 15th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 81-66 in favor of the Gauchos.
  • Not only will UC Santa Barbara pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +6.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144 points, and we like the over with a projected 147 points.

Can UC Santa Barbara Stun the Crowd at LionTree Arena?

UC Santa Barbara heads into this game as a six-point underdog. They are 4-3 this season when considered the underdog. The Gauchos have gone 13-10 overall and 6-7 in Big West games. They have lost two straight, including their most recent game against CSUN by a score of 82-74.

On the road, UC Santa Barbara has gone 6-4 this season, and they have won four straight games away from home. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 6-4, and their average scoring margin is +2.6 points per game.

UC Santa Barbara has been a solid bet on the road this season, going 6-4 ATS. They have also been a good bet as the underdog, going 4-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Gauchos are 6-4 ATS.

Over their last three games, the Gauchos have an over/under record of 1-2 and this season their over/under record is 12-9. On average, their games this year have finished with 146 points and today’s over/under line is set at 144. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

In their recent matchup, the UC Santa Barbara offense ended with 74 points against CSUN. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 43.6% and made 8 threes. The top scorer for the Gauchos was Ajay Mitchell with 29 points, while Yohan Traore also chipped in with 9 points.

Coming into today’s game, the UC Santa Barbara defense is giving up an average of 72.7 points per contest. UC Santa Barbara’s three-point defense is currently 48th in the country at 5.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.4% of their shots vs. UC Santa Barbara.

Will California-San Diego Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

California-San Diego enters this game with a 15-9 record, including a 9-3 mark in Big West play. They have lost two straight games, including their most recent matchup against Long Beach State by a score of 85-76.

At home, the Tritons are 8-2 this season, and they have won their last five games at home. Overall, they have gone 10-3 when favored this season.

As the favorite, UC San Diego has gone 9-4 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Tritons have an ATS mark of 7-3. At home, UCSD has an ATS record of 8-2 this year and they are 6-2 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games.

Today’s over/under line of 144 is similar to the average over/under line in California-San Diego’s games this year (143.5). So far, their over/under record is 10-11-1. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 161 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 2-1. On the season, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 144.

The Tritons’ offense finished with 76 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 77.4 points per contest. Bryce Pope led the scoring for the Tritons, contributing 22 points. Additionally, Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones chipped in with 20 points.

The Tritons’ defense is presently ranked 67th nationally, allowing an average of 67.6 points per contest. California-San Diego’s three-point defense is currently 88th in the country at 6.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.7% of their shots vs. California-San Diego.