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

UC Santa Barbara vs UC Irvine Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds

Gauchos vs Anteaters Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters
  • Where: Irvine at Bren Events Center
  • Date: Monday, January 16th
  • Betting Odds: UC Santa Barbara +2.5, USCB +120 | UCIRV -148 O/U 136.5

Gauchos Preview:

UC Santa Barbara heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 13-3. So far, the Gauchos have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 6-2. For the season, UC Santa Barbara has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 1-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Gauchos being +2.5 point underdogs.

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UC Santa Barbara’s leading scorer this season is Ajay Mitchell, who is averaging 15.93 points per contest. So far, Mitchell has accounted for 22.44% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.87 rebounds per game and 4.53 assists. Miles Norris is the second leading scorer for the Gauchos, averaging 13.0 points per game. Between him and Norris, they are accounting for 40.8% 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 16 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.

Anteaters Preview:

The UC Irvine Anteaters will be looking to pick up their 18th win of the season and are in the middle of a 5 game win streak. Currently, the Anteaters have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 5-2. The Anteaters’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, UC Irvine has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 9-2.

UC Irvine’s leading scorer this season is Dawson Baker, who is averaging 14.12 points per contest. So far, Baker has accounted for 18.09% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.88 rebounds per game and 0.71 assists. DJ Davis is the second leading scorer for the Anteaters, averaging 13.88 points per game. Between him and Davis, they are accounting for 35.9% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for UC Irvine this season, as they are currently ranked 351st in college basketball at 66.2 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 Anteaters’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.5%, placing them 346th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos +2.5

Our NCAA basketball betting model has identified this game as an excellent opportunity to take the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos to cover the spread as the +2.5 point betting underdogs. Throughout the game, look for both UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine to focus on working the ball inside, as the team’s are ranked 561st and 545th, respectively in made 3’s per game. We see this primarily benefiting the Gauchos, who have been a profitable school to bet on vs the spread on the road. In UC Santa Barbara’s last 10 games on the road, they are 6-4 vs the spread. In this spot, we like the Gauchos to cover.

 


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