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Santa Barbara Gauchos Face the UC Riverside Highlanders: NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends

The UC Riverside Highlanders will be trying to slam the Santa Barbara Gauchos on Thursday when the teams tip off at Student Center in college betting odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the UC Riverside Highlanders in this one found them listed as 1-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Gauchos was expected to move the line.

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs UC Riverside Highlanders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 13-14 and 8-11 ATS UC Riverside Highlanders will face the 11-12 Santa Barbara Gauchos, who own a 12-9 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the UC Riverside Highlanders are 9-9-1 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Santa Barbara Gauchos are 12-9.

The Highlanders - Gauchos odds would favor the Gauchos if the lines were set according to our power ranks. UC Riverside is rated No. 167 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Santa Barbara is at No. 102.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features UC Riverside's No. 181-ranked scoring average of 71 PPG, against a Santa Barbara Gauchos defense rated No. 110 and allowing 69.7 PPG. The UC Riverside Highlanders FG% has averaged 43.8% to date this season, more than the Santa Barbara Gauchos shooters have managed so far (43.69% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Gauchos got 16 points from Michael Bryson as Santa Barbara ran past UC Davis 72-66 on Thursday at UC Davis Pavilion.

Taylor Johns poured in 25 points and added 25 rebounds in a losing cause for UC Riverside on Saturday, as the Mustangs rolled to a 86-78 victory over UC Riverside at Student Center.

Betting Trends
  • Santa Barbara is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Santa Barbara is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Santa Barbara's last 5 games
  • Santa Barbara is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • UC Riverside is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • UC Riverside is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • UC Riverside is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • UC Riverside is 7-0-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Santa Barbara

Next Betting Matchups

Santa Barbara home to UC Davis, Saturday, February 20th
UC Riverside at Hawaii, Friday, February 26th