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Highlanders open as college hoops underdog vs Gauchos

Santa Barbara GauchosUC Riverside Highlanders
11-5January 23, 2014, 10:00 | Student Center6-12

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Gauchos of Santa Barbara hit the hard court against the Highlanders of UC Riverside.

The Highlanders are 6-12 so far on the season, and 7-8 ATS vs. the number. The Gauchos, meanwhile, are 11-5 and 7-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen UC Riverside go 8-6 and the Gauchos go 8-4 on the totals.

View Santa Barbara Gauchos vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Santa Barbara before tip-off in this one found them as -9-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 302-rated Highlanders and the No. 90-ranked Gauchos, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Santa Barbara won its last outing, a 79-69 result against CS Northridge on January 18. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. Alan Williams scored 16 points leading the Gauchos to a 79-69 victory over CS Northridge at The Matadome on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Gauchos rank No. 170 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.88 per game. That compares with UC Riverside’s No. 180 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where UC Riverside is college basketball's No. 244-ranked team at 4.28 per game, while the Gauchos rate No. 73 with 7.19 per game.

Next up:
Santa Barbara at CS Fullerton, Saturday, January 25th
UC Riverside at Cal Poly, Saturday, January 25th