Looking to win big? The Gauchos and Anteaters face off at 11:00 ET on ESPNU. The Anteaters are hosting the game at Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA. This Big West conference matchup has an over/under of 142.5 points, and UC Irvine is favored to win by -10 at home vs. UC Santa Barbara.

UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS VS UC IRVINE ANTEATERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos +10

This game will be played at Bren Events Center at 11:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.

WHY BET THE UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Anteaters.
  • Even though we have UC Irvine winning straight-up, we like UC Santa Barbara at +10.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can the Gauchos Pull Off a Road Win?

UC Santa Barbara earned a 77-71 victory over Hawaii in their last game, bringing their overall record to 14-11. On the road, the Gauchos have a 6-5 record, while they are 6-6 at home. UC Santa Barbara has a sub-.500 ATS record thus far, sitting at 9-13-1. Their overall ATS mark for the season consists of a 6-5 record on the road vs. the spread and a 3-8-1 record at home.

UC Santa Barbara’s games have, on average, featured 144.4 points per game leading to an over/under record of 13-10-0. Their average over/under line is currently 145.5 points so far. When analyzing the Gauchos’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 134 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

The UC Santa Barbara offense is coming off a game where they scored 77 points against Hawaii. They posted a field goal percentage of 46.7% and connected on 4 threes. Ajay Mitchell is leading the team in scoring at 19.6 points per contest. Yohan Traore has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 14.2 going into the game.

At this time, the Gauchos’ defense is positioned 178th in the country, permitting 72.1 points per game. 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 4 three-pointers while giving up 71 points.

Can the Anteaters Please their Home Crowd?

UC Irvine has played 26 games and currently has a 19-7 overall record. In away games, they have a 6-7 record while they are undefeated at home with a 12-0 record. UC Irvine has a winning record against the spread at 15-10. In their last five games, they are 3-2 vs. the spread.

So far, UC Irvine’s games have averaged 142 points per game with the average over/under line being 141.3 points. The Anteaters have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 148 points per game and an over/under record of 3-1-1.

In their most recent game, the Anteaters’ offense tallied 77 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 76.2 points per game. Leading UC Irvine in scoring vs. Bakersfield was Bent Leuchten with his 14 points. Andre Henry also added 13 points for the Anteaters.

In the current season, the UC Irvine defense has excelled, sitting 48th in the nation by allowing 66.6 points per game. In today’s game vs. UC Santa Barbara, the UC Irvine defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, UC Irvine made 30 free-throws vs. the Anteaters.