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Santa Barbara Gauchos battle vs Long Beach State 49ers highlights college basketball odds menu

Long Beach State 49ersSanta Barbara Gauchos
5-11January 16, 2014, 10:00 | Thunderdome9-5

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Santa Barbara and Long Beach State on Thursday, with the host Gauchos trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Santa Barbara battles the 49ers, currently sitting with a 5-11 mark (6-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-3 for the Gauchos and 7-7 for the 49ers.

View Long Beach State 49ers vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Gauchos as -9.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 151-ranked Gauchos and the No. 182-rated 49ers in this matchup.

Long Beach State was a 99-74 winner in their most recent outing at home against UC Davis. They covered the 12-point spread as favorites. Long Beach State cruised to victory on Saturday, running UC Davis out of the gym and running up a 99-74 score at The Walter Pyramid.

Santa Barbara was a 72-64 loser in its last match at home against Cal Poly. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Santa Barbara got 33 points from Alan Williams en route to a 72-64 loss at the hands of Santa Barbara on Saturday at Thunderdome.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Santa Barbara's No. 145-ranked scoring average of 72.64 PPG, against a 49ers defense rated No. 186 and allowing 72.69 PPG. The Gauchos FG% has averaged 47.52% to date this season, more than the 49ers shooters have managed so far (40.33% per game).

A few 49ers at Gauchos trends to consider:
Long Beach State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Long Beach State is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
Long Beach State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Long Beach State is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Santa Barbara is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Santa Barbara is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Santa Barbara is 3-14 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Long Beach State
Santa Barbara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Long Beach State

Next up:
Long Beach State at Cal Poly, Saturday, January 18th
Santa Barbara at CS Northridge, Saturday, January 18th