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UC Riverside Highlanders vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Preview

Santa Barbara GauchosUC Riverside Highlanders
Feb 20, 10:00 PM | Student Center

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds

8-16TEAM RECORD5-20

The UC Riverside Highlanders hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the Santa Barbara Gauchos pay a visit to Student Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Highlanders are 5-20 so far on the season, and 8-14-1 ATS vs. the number. The Gauchos, meanwhile, are 8-16 and 10-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen UC Riverside go 10-8 and the Gauchos go 9-10 on the totals.

View Santa Barbara vs UC Riverside Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Gauchos were listed as 1-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 293-ranked Highlanders and the No. 239-rated Gauchos in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 61-57 win for the Gauchos on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits UC Riverside's No. 328-ranked offense, averaging 59.6 PPG, against a Gauchos defense that ranks No. 254 at 69.8 PPG. The Highlanders field goal percentage has averaged 41.8% so far, less than the Gauchos marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Defensively, Santa Barbara features the nation's No. 254-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.9 points per game. UC Riverside, meanwhile, comes in at No. 297 nationally in scoring at home.

Santa Barbara lost its last outing, a 67-49 result against Cal Poly on February 16. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. Alan Williams scored 24 points and chipped in with 17 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 67-49 against Cal Poly in college basketball action at Mott Gymnasium.

In their last action, UC Riverside was a 75-35 loser on the road against Long Beach State. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. UC Riverside was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Long Beach State and falling by a 75-35 score at The Walter Pyramid.

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing Cal Poly are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Portland State are 1-0
After playing Long Beach State are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Gauchos at Highlanders trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Santa Barbara's last 5 games on the road
Santa Barbara is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against UC Riverside
Santa Barbara is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against UC Riverside
Santa Barbara is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UC Riverside's last 6 games when playing Santa Barbara
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 5 games at home
UC Riverside is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Santa Barbara
UC Riverside is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Santa Barbara

Next up:
Santa Barbara home to Sacramento State, Saturday, February 23
UC Riverside at Portland State, Saturday, February 23