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UC Santa Barbara vs Bakersfield Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds

Gauchos vs Roadrunners Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Bakersfield Roadrunners
  • Where: Bakersfield at Icardo Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 11th
  • Betting Odds: UC Santa Barbara -9, USCB -468 | CSU +348 O/U 123.0

Gauchos Preview:

UC Santa Barbara will take the floor against the Roadrunners with an overall record of 12-2. On the road, the Gauchos will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 5-2. This season, UC Santa Barbara has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 9-1. For today’s contest, UC Santa Barbara has a betting line set -9 points in their favor.

UC Santa Barbara’s leading scorer this season is Ajay Mitchell, who is averaging 16.5 points per contest. So far, Mitchell has accounted for 22.99% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.93 rebounds per game and 4.64 assists. Miles Norris is the second leading scorer for the Gauchos, averaging 12.93 points per game. Between him and Norris, they are accounting for 41.0% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, UC Santa Barbara is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.8 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 33.2% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 29.99% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Roadrunners Preview:

The Bakersfield Roadrunners head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 5-10. Currently, the Roadrunners have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 3-4. So far, the Roadrunners have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9 underdogs on the spread.

Bakersfield’s leading scorer this season is Kaleb Higgins, who is averaging 13.08 points per contest. So far, Higgins has accounted for 18.89% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.38 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Antavion Collum is the second leading scorer for the Roadrunners, averaging 9.4 points per game. Between him and Collum, they are accounting for 34.6% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Bakersfield this season, as they are currently ranked 401st in college basketball at 64.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Roadrunners’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.0%, placing them 464th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -9

While analyzing this matchup between the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and the Bakersfield Roadrunners, we recommend choosing UC Santa Barbara to come out on top and cover the spread. The oddsmakers have the UC Santa Barbara as the heavy favorite with a point spread of -9. Not only do we like the UC Santa Barbara’s historical performance as the favorite, as they are 4-1 vs the spread in their last 5 games when favored to win. But, they are matched up against a team that plays a similar style of basketball. So far, both UC Santa Barbara and Bakersfield are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Before tip-off, go ahead and place your bet on the UC Santa Barbara to win and cover the spread.


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