Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Gauchos and Rainbow Warriors. The game is starting at 11:59 ET on None, and it’s hosted by the Rainbow Warriors at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, HI. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 136.5 points, and Hawaii is favored by -4.5 to win at home against UC Santa Barbara.

UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS VS HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors -4.5

This game will be played at Stan Sheriff Center at 11:59 ET on Thursday, January 25th.

WHY BET THE HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Rainbow Warriors.
  • Not only will Hawaii pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will UC Santa Barbara Come Through as Road Underdogs?

UC Santa Barbara is 11-7 overall this season, and they have gone 4-4 in Big West play. On the road, the Gauchos are 4-4 this season, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games away from home.

So far this season, UC Santa Barbara has been the underdog in five games, and they have gone 3-2 in those matchups. They were last in action against Cal State Fullerton, and they lost that game by a score of 73-69.

UC Santa Barbara has an ATS record of 6-9-1 this season. On the road, they are 4-4 vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Gauchos have gone 3-2 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, UCSB has an ATS mark of 6-4.

UC Santa Barbara’s over/under record for the season sits at 9-7 and today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (146.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 155 points compared to their season average of 147.4 points per game. So far this season, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line.

Against Cal State Fullerton, the UC Santa Barbara had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 78.7 points per game. They scored 69 points and posted a field goal percentage of 46.9% in the game. The team’s scoring leader is Ajay Mitchell, who holds an average of 19.4 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Yohan Traore is averaging 14.8 points per game this season.

Coming into today’s game, the UC Santa Barbara defense is giving up an average of 73.0 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UC Santa Barbara’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.9% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.1% this season.

Will the Rainbow Warriors Live Up to Expectations at Home?

After losing their last two games, Hawaii will look to get back on track as they face UC Santa Barbara. So far, the Rainbow Warriors have gone 10-9 on the season. At home, they have gone 5-5.

On the year, Hawaii has been favored in 11 games and has gone 8-3 in those matchups. In their last game, they lost to California-San Diego by a score of 67-61.

As the favorite, Hawaii has gone 6-5 vs. the spread this season and they are 2-1 ATS in their last three games as the favorite. At home, their ATS record is only 3-7 this year and they have gone just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.

Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Hawaii’s games this season (140.1). So far, 8 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 132 points. This season, the over/under record for Hawaii is 6-10-1.

The Hawaii offense is coming off a game where they scored 61 points against California-San Diego. They posted a field goal percentage of 47.9% and connected on 9 threes. Noel Coleman is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 12.9 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Bernardo Da Silva brings a PPG average of 10.6 into the game.

At present, the Rainbow Warriors’ defense is nationally ranked 57th, allowing 66.6 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.3 threes per game vs. UC Santa Barbara. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.4%.