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Santa Barbara Gauchos face UC Davis Aggies: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Santa Barbara GauchosUC Davis Aggies
18-8March 01, 2014, 08:00 | UC Davis Pavilion9-19

Santa Barbara travels to UC Davis on Saturday, hoping to boost its 18-8 record with a victory over the Aggies.

Supporters of the Gauchos have watched them go 18-8 and 11-11-1 ATS on the year, while the Aggies are at 9-19 and 9-14-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Aggies are 13-10, while the Gauchos have a 12-10 mark.

View Santa Barbara Gauchos vs UC Davis Aggies Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, UC Davis sat as 8.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Aggies sit at No. 259 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Gauchos sit at No. 43 on the same chart.

Santa Barbara was a 71-60 loser in their most recent outing on the road against UC Irvine. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. Santa Barbara got 15 points from Alan Williams but lost anyway, 71-60, to UC Irvine on Thursday at Bren Events Center.

In their last action, UC Davis was an 85-73 winner at home against Cal Poly. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. UC Davis earned an 85-73 victory over Cal Poly on Thursday, getting 18 points from Avery Johnson at UC Davis Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UC Davis's No. 127-ranked scoring average of 71.75 PPG, against a Gauchos defense rated No. 47 and allowing 65.58 PPG. The Aggies FG% has averaged 44.5% to date this season, less than the Gauchos shooters have managed so far (46.66% per game).

A few Gauchos at Aggies trends to consider:
Santa Barbara is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Santa Barbara's last 6 games
Santa Barbara is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Santa Barbara's last 5 games on the road
UC Davis is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
UC Davis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
UC Davis is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
UC Davis is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Santa Barbara

Next up:
Santa Barbara home to Hawaii, Thursday, March 6th
UC Davis at UC Riverside, Thursday, March 6th