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BYU Cougars vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Preview

Santa Barbara GauchosBYU Cougars
Dec 22, 9:00 PM | Marriott Center

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs BYU Cougars Odds


The Santa Barbara Gauchos will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Cougars in BYU at Marriott Center on Thursday in college basketball action.

The Cougars are 9-3 so far on the season, and 5-4 ATS vs. the number. The Gauchos, meanwhile, are 5-4 and 3-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen BYU go 4-5 and the Gauchos go 5-2 on the totals.

View Santa Barbara vs BYU Odds and Stats.

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

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 20-rated Santa Barbara taking on the No. 8-rated Cougars in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 88-79 win for the Cougars on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Gauchos is ranked No. 35 in NCAA hoops at 39.3 per game. Contrast that with BYU’s No. 35 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, BYU is the No. 38-ranked team in the country at 8.3 per game, while Santa Barbara rates No. 167 at 6.3 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Santa Barbara owns the country's No. 203-rated mark, allowing 72.7 points per game on the highway. BYU, on the other hand, rates No. 29 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Santa Barbara was a 70-50 loser on the road against California. They failed to cover the 8.5–point spread as underdogs. Santa Barbara was crushed on Monday, getting blown out by California and falling by a 70-50 score at Haas Pavilion.

BYU was a 93-78 winner in its last match at home against Buffalo. They covered the 13–point spread as underdogs. The Bulls were burned for 26 points by Brock Zylstra on Tuesday as the Cougars put another game in the win column, 93-78, at Marriott Center.

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Cal Poly are 4-6
After playing California are 0-2
After a loss are 5-5

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After playing Buffalo are 1-0
After a win are 7-3

A few Gauchos at Cougars trends to consider:
BYU is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
BYU is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Santa Barbara at Cal Poly, Monday, January 2
BYU home to Cal State San Marcos, Tuesday, December 27