The Gauchos and Lobos are set to face off at 9:00 ET on MWN. The Lobos will host the game at The Pit in Albuquerque, NM. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Lobos as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 158 points.
UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS VS NEW MEXICO LOBOS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos +12.5
This game will be played at The Pit at 9:00 ET on Wednesday, December 6th.
WHY BET THE UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-70 in favor of the Lobos.
- Even though we have New Mexico winning straight-up, we like UC Santa Barbara at +12.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 158 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Can UC Santa Barbara Lock in a Road Win?
In today’s game against New Mexico, UC Santa Barbara, who has a 4-2 record this season, will look to improve their road record which currently stands at 1-2 over their previous three road games including last year. As of now, UC Santa Barbara has a subpar ATS record of 1-3-1. In terms of road games, the Gauchos are 1-1 vs. the spread, while at home they are 0-2-1.
Through six games, UC Santa Barbara has an over/under record of 3-2-0 with their games averaging a combined 150.8 points per game so far. The Gauchos’ have recorded an over/under record of 0-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 143 points per game.
The UC Santa Barbara offense is coming off a game in which they scored 70 points vs. Northern Arizona. Overall their field goal percentage was 47.2% while connecting on 5 threes. One area that the UC Santa Barbara offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 144th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 53%.
Coming into today’s game, the UC Santa Barbara defense is giving up an average of 74.3 points per contest. In today’s game, the UC Santa Barbara defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 59 points.
Can New Mexico Live Up to the Hype at Home?
New Mexico has a record of 7-1 through eight games. In their previous ten home games, which includes last year, they have a 7-3 record. Against the spread, New Mexico holds a solid 6-2 record this season. This includes a 2-1 mark on the road and an impressive 4-1 mark at home.
So far, New Mexico’s games have averaged 153.6 points per game with the average over/under line being 152.8 points. When analyzing the Lobos’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 157 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.
In their latest game, New Mexico’s offense looked good, scoring 106 points against New Mexico State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 60.4% and made 28/41 free throws. The team’s top scorer is Donovan Dent, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 16.4, while JT Toppin also carries a PPG average of 12.2 into the game.
New Mexico’s defense has been playing well, ranking 92nd nationally, with 68.1 points allowed per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, New Mexico’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.0% this season.