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Hawaii Warriors face Santa Barbara Gauchos: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Hawaii WarriorsSanta Barbara Gauchos
19-9March 06, 2014, 09:00 | Thunderdome19-8

The Hawaii Warriors will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Gauchos in Santa Barbara at Thunderdome on Thursday in college basketball action.

Santa Barbara will face the 19-9 Warriors, who own a 15-9 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Gauchos are 12-11 on the OU so far this season while the Warriors are 12-10.

View Hawaii Warriors vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Odds and Stats.

The Gauchos were listed as -6.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Gauchos sit at No. 39 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Warriors sit at No. 101 on the same chart.

In their last action, Hawaii was a 63-61 loser on the road against Long Beach State. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Hawaii suffered a 63-61 loss against Long Beach State on Thursday, getting 17 points from Christian Standhardinger in a losing effort at The Walter Pyramid.

Last time out for Santa Barbara, they were a 67-54 winner as they battled UC Davis on the road. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point favorite. Michael Bryson scored 19 points leading the Gauchos to a 67-54 victory over UC Davis at UC Davis Pavilion on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Santa Barbara has the nation's No. 124-rated offensive output, at 71.93 PPG. The visiting Warriors defense ranks No. 183 allowing on average 72.14 PPG. The Gauchos FG% has averaged 46.57% so far, less than the Warriors marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.33% per game.

A few Warriors at Gauchos trends to consider:
Hawaii is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
Hawaii is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Hawaii is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Hawaii's last 7 games on the road
Santa Barbara is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Santa Barbara's last 7 games
Santa Barbara is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Santa Barbara's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Hawaii home to CS Fullerton, Sunday, March 9th
Santa Barbara at Cal Poly, Saturday, March 8th