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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Trojans underdogs vs Gauchos at Troy

Santa Barbara GauchosTroy Trojans
5-3December 19, 2013, 07:30 | Dee Glen Smith Spectrum4-4

The Troy Trojans hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Santa Barbara Gauchos pay a visit to Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on the college basketball betting menu.

The Gauchos will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 5-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Trojans are 2-1 ATS. Santa Barbara is 4-2 on the totals; Troy is 0-3.

View Santa Barbara Gauchos vs Troy Trojans Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Troy sat as 12-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 297-ranked Trojans and the No. 53-rated Gauchos in this matchup.

Santa Barbara was a 72-61 winner in their most recent outing on the road against San Diego. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Michael Bryson scored 21 points leading the Gauchos to a 72-61 victory over San Diego at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Gauchos is ranked No. 231 in NCAA hoops at 32.5 per game. Contrast that with Troy’s No. 149 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Troy is the No. 210-ranked team in the country at 4.88 per game, while Santa Barbara rates No. 36 at 8 per game.

A few Gauchos at Trojans trends to consider:
Santa Barbara is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Santa Barbara is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Troy is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games

Next up:
Santa Barbara at Utah State, Friday, December 20th
Troy at Western Illinois, Friday, December 20th