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California Golden Bears vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Preview

Santa Barbara GauchosCalifornia Golden Bears
Dec 18, 11:00 PM | Haas Pavilion

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs California Golden Bears Odds


The California Golden Bears will try to pay off for their supporters on Tuesday when they play host to the Santa Barbara Gauchos at Haas Pavilion in NCAA basketball action.

The Golden Bears sit at 6-3 (3-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Gauchos are currently 4-5 (3-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? California is 4-3 OU, and Santa Barbara is 3-1 OU.

View Santa Barbara vs California Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Santa Barbara before tip-off in this one found them as 14-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Golden Bears at No. 66 and the Gauchos at No. 96 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 74-66 result in favor of the Golden Bears.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits California's No. 112-ranked offense, averaging 71.4 PPG, against a Gauchos defense that ranks No. 267 at 71.1 PPG. The Golden Bears field goal percentage has averaged 46% so far, more than the Gauchos marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Santa Barbara owns the country's No. 330-rated mark, allowing 82.6 points per game on the highway. California, on the other hand, rates No. 157 in scoring at home.

Santa Barbara was an 87-60 winner in their most recent outing at home against San Diego Christian. The Gauchos blew out San Diego Christian on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 87-60 win at Thunderdome.

California was a 74-64 loser in their most recent outing at home against Creighton. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. California suffered a 74-64 loss against Creighton on Saturday, getting 18 points from Justin Cobbs in a losing effort at Haas Pavilion.

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Wyoming are 0-1
After a win are 6-4

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Gauchos at Golden Bears trends to consider:
Santa Barbara is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Santa Barbara is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
California is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
California is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
California is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
California is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Santa Barbara at Wyoming, Friday, December 21
California home to Prairie View A&M, Saturday, December 22