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Highlanders open as college hoops underdog vs Gauchos

UC Riverside HighlandersSanta Barbara Gauchos
Feb 11, 10:30 PM | Thunderdome

UC Riverside Highlanders vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Odds

11-13TEAM RECORD12-8

The Santa Barbara Gauchos will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Highlanders at Thunderdome in NCAAB action.

Santa Barbara will face the 11-13 Highlanders, who own a 8-13 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Gauchos are 10-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Highlanders are 8-13 favoring the OVER.

View UC Riverside vs Santa Barbara Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Gauchos installed as 11.5-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Gauchos at No. 66 and the Highlanders at No. 212 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 71-64 result in favor of the Gauchos.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Santa Barbara's No. 70 nationally ranked offense (73.5 points per game) against a Highlanders defense that sits as the No. 71 at 62.7 PPG. The Gauchos have been averaging 45.4% from the field, more than the Highlanders have managed so far this season (41.3% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, UC Riverside owns the country's No. 44-rated mark, allowing 63.6 points per game on the highway. Santa Barbara, on the other hand, rates No. 83 in scoring at home.

In their last action, UC Riverside was a 54-52 loser on the road against Cal Poly. They covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. UC Riverside suffered a 54-52 loss against Cal Poly on Thursday, getting 22 points from Phil Martin in a losing effort at Mott Gymnasium.

Santa Barbara was a 99-86 loser in its last match on the road against CS Fullerton. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Santa Barbara got 28 points from Orlando Johnson on the way to a 99-86 loss against CS Fullerton on Saturday at Titan Gym.

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing CS Fullerton are 7-3
After playing Cal Poly are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing UC Irvine are 3-7
After playing CS Fullerton are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Highlanders at Gauchos trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 5 games on the road
UC Riverside is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Santa Barbara
UC Riverside is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games on the road
UC Riverside is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against UC Riverside
Santa Barbara is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing UC Riverside
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Santa Barbara's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Santa Barbara's last 5 games when playing UC Riverside

Next up:
UC Riverside home to CS Fullerton, Wednesday, February 15
Santa Barbara at UC Irvine, Wednesday, February 15

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