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Gauchos open as college hoops underdog vs Aggies

Santa Barbara GauchosUtah State Aggies
Feb 18, 9:00 PM | Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs Utah State Aggies Odds

14-8TEAM RECORD14-13

The Utah State Aggies will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Gauchos at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in NCAAB action.

Utah State will face the 14-8 Gauchos, who own a 9-11 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Aggies are 12-9 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Gauchos are 11-9 favoring the OVER.

View Santa Barbara vs Utah State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Aggies installed as 3-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Aggies sit at No. 112 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Gauchos sit at No. 61 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Gauchos will win this game 74-71.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Gauchos rank No. 29 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.6 per game. That compares with Utah State’s No. 251 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Utah State is college basketball's No. 248-ranked team at 5.3 per game, while the Gauchos rate No. 107 with 6.9 per game.

Defensively, Santa Barbara features the nation's No. 209-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.5 points per game. Utah State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 157 nationally in scoring at home.

Santa Barbara was an 85-62 winner in its last match on the road against UC Irvine. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Gauchos blew out UC Irvine on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 85-62 win at Bren Events Center.

In their last action, Utah State was a 70-58 winner at home against Montana Tech. Utah State got 22 points from Preston Medlin en route to a 70-58 victory over Montana Tech on Tuesday at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Long Beach State are 9-1
After playing UC Irvine are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Utah State Aggies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Idaho are 9-1
After playing Montana Tech are 0-1
After a win are 4-6

A few Gauchos at Aggies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Santa Barbara's last 6 games on the road
Santa Barbara is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Santa Barbara is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Utah State
Utah State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Santa Barbara
Utah State is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
Utah State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Santa Barbara

Next up:
Santa Barbara at Long Beach State, Wednesday, February 22
Utah State home to Idaho, Friday, February 24