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NCAAB Game Preview - Matadors underdogs vs Gauchos at CS Northridge

Santa Barbara GauchosCS Northridge Matadors
Feb 2, 10:05 PM | The Matadome

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs CS Northridge Matadors Odds


The Santa Barbara Gauchos will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Matadors in CS Northridge at The Matadome on Thursday in college basketball action.

The Matadors currently sports a 6-13 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-8 ATS. The Gauchos are 11-7 and 7-9 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Matadors produce a 7-8 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Gauchos have gone 8-8 against the number.

View Santa Barbara vs CS Northridge Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
CS Northridge opened as 9-point underdogs in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 316-ranked Matadors and the No. 47-rated Gauchos in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 75-63 win for the Gauchos on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up CS Northridge's No. 198 nationally ranked offense (67.1 points per game) against a Gauchos defense that sits as the No. 184 at 67.3 PPG. The Matadors have been averaging 37.3% from the field, less than the Gauchos have managed so far this season (45.1% on average).

Defensively, Santa Barbara features the nation's No. 153-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.4 points per game. CS Northridge, meanwhile, comes in at No. 98 nationally in scoring at home.

Santa Barbara was a 56-53 winner in its last match on the road against Pacific. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Gauchos grabbed a 56-53 win over the Tigers on Saturday, behind a 15-point effort from Jaime Serna at Spanos Center.

In their last action, CS Northridge was a 76-68 winner on the road against CS Bakersfield. The Roadrunners were burned for 26 points by Stephan Hicks on Saturday as the Matadors put another game in the win column, 76-68, at Rabobank Arena.

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing CS Fullerton are 7-3
After playing Pacific are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

CS Northridge Matadors Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Long Beach State are 7-3
After playing CS Bakersfield are 3-4
After a win are 3-7

A few Gauchos at Matadors trends to consider:
Santa Barbara is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Santa Barbara is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against CS Northridge
CS Northridge is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Santa Barbara
CS Northridge is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Santa Barbara
The total has gone OVER in 4 of CS Northridge's last 6 games when playing Santa Barbara
CS Northridge is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Santa Barbara at CS Fullerton, Saturday, February 4
CS Northridge at Long Beach State, Saturday, February 4