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Santa Barbara Gauchos home to UC Riverside Highlanders in NCAA Basketball betting action

UC Riverside HighlandersSanta Barbara Gauchos
March 9, 10:00 PM | Thunderdome

UC Riverside Highlanders vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Odds

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Thunderdome will host Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Supporters of the Highlanders have watched them go 6-24 and 11-16-1 ATS on the year, while the Gauchos are at 10-19 and 13-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Gauchos are 10-14, while the Highlanders have a 12-11 mark.

View UC Riverside vs Santa Barbara Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Gauchos in this one found them listed as 8.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Highlanders was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Gauchos at No. 237 and the Highlanders at No. 294 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 62-57 result in favor of the Gauchos.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Santa Barbara's No. 247-ranked scoring average of 64.8 PPG, against a Highlanders defense rated No. 187 and allowing 66.9 PPG. The Gauchos FG% has averaged 42.1% to date this season, almost the same as the Highlanders shooters have managed so far (42.1% per game).

Defensively, UC Riverside features the nation's No. 172-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.5 points per game. Santa Barbara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 250 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for UC Riverside, they were a 68-62 loser as they battled Cal Poly on the road. They covered in the match as a 13-point underdog. The Highlanders got 18 points from Chris Patton, but it was Cal Poly that prevailed in a 68-62 final on Thursday at Mott Gymnasium.

In their last action, Santa Barbara was a 66-50 winner at home against CS Fullerton. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Alan Williams scored 20 points and helped out with 14 rebounds for Santa Barbara on Thursday, leading the Gauchos to a 66-50 victory over CS Fullerton at Thunderdome.

UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
After playing Cal Poly are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing CS Fullerton are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

A few Highlanders at Gauchos trends to consider:
UC Riverside is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
UC Riverside is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against UC Riverside
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Santa Barbara's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Santa Barbara's last 7 games when playing UC Riverside
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Santa Barbara's last 6 games at home