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College baskeball point spread favors Matadors in battle with Gauchos

Santa Barbara GauchosCS Northridge Matadors
March 2, 10:05 PM | The Matadome

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs CS Northridge Matadors Odds

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Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on The Matadome Saturday as host CS Northridge looks to handle the Santa Barbara Gauchos in NCAA hoops action.

The Gauchos will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 11-14 ATS against the number this season, while the Matadors are 14-13 ATS. Santa Barbara is 9-13 on the totals; CS Northridge is 8-13.

View Santa Barbara vs CS Northridge Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Gauchos were listed as 5.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 188-rated Matadors and the No. 243-ranked Gauchos, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 71-66 result in favor of the Matadors.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and CS Northridge has the nation's No. 30-rated offensive output, at 74.9 PPG. The visiting Gauchos defense ranks No. 228 allowing on average 68.5 PPG. The Matadors FG% has averaged 43.6% so far, more than the Gauchos marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.6% per game.

Defensively, Santa Barbara features the nation's No. 221-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.5 points per game. CS Northridge, meanwhile, comes in at No. 35 nationally in scoring at home.

Santa Barbara lost its last outing, a 70-66 result against Hawaii on February 28. They covered in that game as an 8-point underdog. The Gauchos wasted a 27-point performance from Kyle Boswell in losing to Hawaii 70-66 on Thursday at Stan Sheriff Center.

Last time out for CS Northridge, they were an 81-61 loser as they battled Cal Poly at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. CS Northridge was run off the court by the Mustangs on Thursday as Cal Poly routed them 81-61 at The Matadome.

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing CS Fullerton are 7-3
After playing Hawaii are 0-2
After a loss are 2-8

CS Northridge Matadors Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Hawaii are 2-2
After playing Cal Poly are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

A few Gauchos at Matadors trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Santa Barbara's last 5 games on the road
Santa Barbara is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against CS Northridge
Santa Barbara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of CS Northridge's last 12 games
CS Northridge is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Santa Barbara
CS Northridge is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Santa Barbara
CS Northridge is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

Next up:
Santa Barbara home to CS Fullerton, Thursday, March 7
CS Northridge home to Hawaii, Thursday, March 7