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Santa Barbara favored by 2.5 against Long Beach State on Saturday

Long Beach State 49ersSanta Barbara Gauchos
Jan 5, 7:00 PM | Thunderdome

Long Beach State 49ers vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Odds

5-8TEAM RECORD5-8

Thunderdome will host Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Long Beach State 49ers action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Gauchos currently sports a 5-8 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-5 ATS. The 49ers are 5-8 and 2-9 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Gauchos produce a 5-3 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the 49ers have gone 4-4 against the number.

View Long Beach State vs Santa Barbara Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Gauchos in this one found them listed as 2.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the 49ers was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Gauchos, most recently No. 133 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the 49ers, who rate No. 232 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 65-61 victory for the Gauchos.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Santa Barbara's No. 188-rated squad against Long Beach State's No. 182-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Santa Barbara rates No. 10 in the country with 9.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 118 nationally with 6.7 per match.

Defensively, Long Beach State features the nation's No. 308-rated defense on the road, allowing 78.5 points per game. Santa Barbara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 261 nationally in scoring at home.

Long Beach State lost its last outing, a 79-73 result against Cal Poly on January 3. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point underdog. James Ennis scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the 49ers to a win (they lost 79-73 to Cal Poly at Mott Gymnasium on Thursday).

Last time out for Santa Barbara, they were a 74-71 winner as they battled UC Irvine at home. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. Santa Barbara earned a 74-71 victory over UC Irvine on Thursday, getting 23 points from Kyle Boswell at Thunderdome.

Long Beach State 49ers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing CS Northridge are 6-4
After playing Cal Poly are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Pacific are 7-3
After playing UC Irvine are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

A few 49ers at Gauchos trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Long Beach State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Santa Barbara
Long Beach State is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Santa Barbara
Long Beach State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Long Beach State is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Santa Barbara is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Santa Barbara's last 9 games when playing Long Beach State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Santa Barbara's last 5 games when playing at home against Long Beach State
Santa Barbara is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Long Beach State

Next up:
Long Beach State home to CS Northridge, Wednesday, January 9
Santa Barbara at Pacific, Thursday, January 10