Check out our free UC Santa Barbara vs Cal Poly pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in San Luis Obispo. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

UC Santa Barbara vs Cal Poly Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Gauchos vs Mustangs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs
  • Where: San Luis Obispo at Mott Athletics Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: UC Santa Barbara -7, USCB -332 | CALPOL +253 O/U 124.5

Gauchos Preview:

UC Santa Barbara heads into this matchup having played 13 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-2. On the road, the Gauchos will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 4-2. This season, UC Santa Barbara has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 8-1. For today’s contest, UC Santa Barbara has a betting line set -7 points in their favor.

UC Santa Barbara’s leading scorer this season is Ajay Mitchell, who is averaging 16.62 points per contest. So far, Mitchell has accounted for 22.91% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.08 rebounds per game and 4.62 assists. Miles Norris is the second leading scorer for the Gauchos, averaging 12.69 points per game. Between him and Norris, they are accounting for 40.4% of the team’s scoring.

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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 13 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.

Mustangs Preview:

The Cal Poly Mustangs head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 7-8. Currently, the Mustangs have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. So far, the Mustangs have been the underdog 9 times, going 2-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7 underdogs on the spread.

Cal Poly’s leading scorer this season is Alimamy Koroma, who is averaging 11.27 points per contest. So far, Koroma has accounted for 18.23% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.07 rebounds per game and 0.4 assists. TJ Taylor is the second leading scorer for the Mustangs, averaging 9.93 points per game. Between him and Taylor, they are accounting for 34.3% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Cal Poly this season, as they are currently ranked 444th in college basketball at 61.5 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 Mustangs’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.0%, placing them 495th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -7

Heading into this matchup, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are the favorite to come away with the win over Cal Poly with a spread sitting at -7. Although neither team has been lighting it up from oustide with below average 3-point shooting numbers, we like the fact that UC Santa Barbara has the edge in overall field percentage, connecting on 49.4% of their shots. In addition, the Gauchos’ have a strong ATS record on the road over their last 10 games away from home 7-3. If following our NCAA college basketball model, it is recommended to take the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos to cover at -7.

 


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