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NCAA hoops odds preview - Santa Barbara vs. Pacific

Santa Barbara GauchosPacific Tigers
March 10, 5:30 PM | Honda Center

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs Pacific Tigers Odds

15-13TEAM RECORD16-14

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Pacific vs Santa Barbara battle Thursday at Honda Center as the Tigers look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

It's a game in the Big West Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Honda Center).

Supporters of the Gauchos have watched them go 15-13 and 7-11-1 ATS on the year, while the Tigers are at 16-14 and 9-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Tigers are 9-12, while the Gauchos have a 9-10 mark.

View Santa Barbara vs Pacific Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Tigers installed as 1.5-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Tigers sit at No. 153 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Gauchos sit at No. 203 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Tigers will win this game 69-67.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Gauchos rank No. 297 in NCAA Division 1 with 32.2 per game. That compares with Pacific’s No. 246 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Pacific is college basketball's No. 56-ranked team at 7.7 per game, while the Gauchos rate No. 88 with 7 per game.

Defensively, Santa Barbara features the nation's No. 82-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.3 points per game. Pacific, meanwhile, comes in at No. 261 nationally in scoring at home.

Santa Barbara was a 49-43 winner in their most recent outing at home against Cal Poly. They earned a push of the 6–point spread as favorites. James Nunnally scored 14 points leading the Gauchos to a 49-43 victory over Cal Poly at Thunderdome on Saturday.

Pacific lost its last outing, a 58-54 result against CS Northridge on March 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 11-point favorite. Sam Willard poured in 20 points and added 15 rebounds in a losing cause for Pacific on Saturday, as the Matadors rolled to a 58-54 victory over Pacific at Spanos Center.

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Cal Poly are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Pacific Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After playing CS Northridge are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Gauchos at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pacific's last 9 games when playing Santa Barbara
Pacific is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Pacific is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games