Betting on today’s Gauchos and Matadors game? Catch the action at Premier America Credit Union in Northridge, CA, as the Matadors hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 155 points, and the Matadors are the home favorites against the Gauchos in a Big West conference matchup.

UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS VS CSUN MATADORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: CSUN Matadors -1.5

This game will be played at Premier America Credit Union at 10:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.

WHY BET THE CSUN MATADORS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Matadors.
  • Not only will CSUN pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 155 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Gauchos Have What it Takes on the Road?

UC Santa Barbara heads into this game as 1.5-point underdogs. They have gone 2-2 this season when considered the underdog. The Gauchos are coming off an 85-76 win over Long Beach State, and they have won two straight games.

UC Santa Barbara has gone 5-5 on the road this season, and they are 3-4 on the road this season. They have gone 10-6 overall, including an 8-3 record in non-conference games. This season, they have gone 2-3 in Big West games.

UC Santa Barbara’s ATS record this season is 5-7-1, and they are 3-4 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Gauchos have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for UC Santa Barbara games is 7-6. Today’s line of 155 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (147). So far, 11 of their games have had lower over/under lines than 155. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 134 points compared to their season average of 147.7 points per game.

UC Santa Barbara’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 85 points against Long Beach State. They had an overall field goal percentage of 52% and made 23/27 free throws. In terms of offense, the Gauchos have a season-long field goal percentage of 51%, putting them 19th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 109th in percentage and 300th in three-pointers made.

UC Santa Barbara’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 73.2 points per game. UC Santa Barbara’s three-point defense is currently 66th in the country at 6.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.7% of their shots vs. UC Santa Barbara.

Will CSUN Make it Happen at Home?

CSUN enters tonight’s game with a 13-4 overall record, including a 5-1 mark at home this season. The Matadors have won their last five games at home and are 6-1 this season when favored.

Through 17 games, CSUN has a scoring margin of +9.7 points per game at home compared to +2.3 on the road. In their most recent game, the Matadors defeated Cal State Fullerton by a score of 76-71.

CSUN has been a solid bet this season with a 13-2 ATS record. At home, they are 5-1 vs. the spread and have gone 3-0 ATS in their last three home games. As the favorite, the Matadors have gone 6-1 vs. the spread this season and are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite.

CSUN’s over/under record this season is 7-8 and the average scoring total in their games is 150.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 155 is higher than the average OU line in their games (148.6). Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 152 points.

In their recent game, the Matadors’ offense concluded with 76 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 79.8 points per contest. The top scorer for the Matadors was Keonte Jones with 17 points, while Jasman Sangha also chipped in with 15 points.

Coming into today’s game, the CSUN defense is giving up an average of 71.1 points per contest. CSUN’s three-point defense is currently 141st in the country at 7.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 36.6% of their shots vs. CSUN.