Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Gauchos and Highlanders. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Highlanders at SRC Arena in Riverside, CA. Get ready to place your bets! The Gauchos are favored in this Big West conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 142.5 points.


The Pick: UC Riverside Highlanders +1

This game will be played at SRC Arena at 8:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Highlanders.
  • Not only will UC Riverside pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.
  • 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?

The Gauchos, who are getting ready for today’s game, have a record of 7-4 after losing to UC Davis (76-62). When playing away from home, the Gauchos are 2-3 this season, while at home they are 3-1. UC Santa Barbara has a current ATS record of 3-5-1 heading into today’s game. In their last five games, the team is 2-2 vs. the spread.

UC Santa Barbara’s games have, on average, featured 148.8 points per game leading to an over/under record of 4-5-0. Their average over/under line is currently 147 points so far. When analyzing the Gauchos’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 157 points per game and an over/under record of 1-3.

Compared to their season average of 80.8 points per game, UC Santa Barbara struggled in their previous game. Against UC Davis, the Gauchos scored 62 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 44%. The team’s top scorer is Ajay Mitchell, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 18.9, while Yohan Traore also carries a PPG average of 16.6 into the game.

At present, the Gauchos’ defense is nationally ranked 205th, allowing 74.7 points per game. So far, the UC Santa Barbara defense is giving up an average of 6.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.6 times per game (638th).

Will the Highlanders Win at SRC Arena?

UC Riverside enters today’s game with a 5-8 record. On the road, they are winless at 0-7, while they are 4-1 at home. As of today’s game, UC Riverside holds a 6-6 record against the spread. However, when examining their performance in the last five games, they have covered the spread in 4 out of 5 matchups.

So far, UC Riverside’s games have averaged 137.7 points per game with the average over/under line being 135.8 points. Looking at the Highlanders’ last three games, their over/under record is 3-0 with their games averaging 142 points per game.

Most recently, the UC Riverside offense finished with just 66 points vs. UC Irvine. For the game, they hit 8/26 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 37.1%. Leading UC Riverside in scoring vs. UC Irvine was Benjamin Griscti with his 18 points. Isaiah Moses also added 14 points for the Highlanders.

At this time, the Highlanders’ defense is positioned 145th in the country, permitting 71.4 points per game. In their previous game vs. UC Irvine, the Anteaters finished with a field goal percentage of 43% and a total of 73 points vs. UC Riverside.