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UC Santa Barbara vs Cal State Fullerton Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 29th Betting Odds

Gauchos vs Titans Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Fullerton Titans
  • Where: Fullerton at Titan Gym
  • Date: Thursday, December 29th
  • Betting Odds: UC Santa Barbara -5, USCB -227 | CSUFL +178 O/U 128.0

Gauchos Preview:

UC Santa Barbara will take the floor against the Titans with an overall record of 9-2. On the road, the Gauchos will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 3-2. So far, the Gauchos have been favored 7 times, going 6-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have UC Santa Barbara as -5 point favorites.

UC Santa Barbara’s leading scorer this season is Ajay Mitchell who is averaging 15.36 points per contest. So far, Mitchell has accounted for 21.26% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.27 rebounds per game and 4.64 assists. Miles Norris is the second leading scorer for the Gauchos, averaging 13.45 points per game. Between him and Norris, they are accounting for 39.9% 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 11 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.

Titans Preview:

Through 12 games, the Cal State Fullerton Titans have an overall record of 6-6. So far this season, Cal State Fullerton has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-0. For the season, Cal State Fullerton has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 3-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Titans being +5 point underdogs.

Cal State Fullerton will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Latrell Wrightsell Jr. who is averaging 15.55 points per game for the Titans. Jr. is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Titans’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jalen Harris who has hit 33.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.75 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Cal State Fullerton this season, as they are currently ranked 231st in college basketball at 70.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Titans’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.0%, placing them 322nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -5

For this matchup, our college basketball betting model points to their being value in taking the UC Santa Barbara on the spread as -5 point favorites over the Cal State Fullerton Titans. Not only do we see the team continuing to perform well vs the spread on the road, as the school is 6-4 vs the spread (last 10), they are due to shut down a Cal State Fullerton unit that struggles with their outside shooting. Look for a good defensive effort to be the key reason that the Gauchos take care of business and cover as -5 point favorites.