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Santa Barbara Gauchos visit UC Irvine Anteaters in college basketball clash

Santa Barbara GauchosUC Irvine Anteaters
Feb 2, 10:00 PM | Bren Events Center

Santa Barbara Gauchos vs UC Irvine Anteaters Odds

7-13TEAM RECORD11-11

Santa Barbara travels to UC Irvine on Saturday, hoping to boost its 7-13 record with a victory over the Anteaters.

This season, the Anteaters are 11-11 overall and 9-11 ATS ATS, while the Gauchos are 7-13 and 8-10 ATS against the number. As for the totals, UC Irvine boasts a 6-8 on the OU, and Santa Barbara is 9-6.

View Santa Barbara vs UC Irvine Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
UC Irvine opened as 8.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 44-rated Anteaters and the No. 263-ranked Gauchos, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 73-63 result in favor of the Anteaters.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and UC Irvine has the nation's No. 131-rated offensive output, at 69.2 PPG. The visiting Gauchos defense ranks No. 287 allowing on average 71.4 PPG. The Anteaters FG% has averaged 43.6% so far, more than the Gauchos marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.8% per game.

Defensively, Santa Barbara features the nation's No. 277-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.5 points per game. UC Irvine, meanwhile, comes in at No. 83 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Santa Barbara, they were a 57-55 loser as they battled Long Beach State on the road. They covered in the match as a 10.5-point underdog. The Gauchos got 13 points from Kyle Boswell, but it was Long Beach State that prevailed in a 57-55 final on Wednesday at The Walter Pyramid.

UC Irvine was a 52-45 winner in their most recent outing at home against Cal Poly. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. The Anteaters grabbed a 52-45 win over the Mustangs on Wednesday, behind a 16-point effort from Adam Folker at Bren Events Center.

Santa Barbara Gauchos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing UC Davis are 6-4
After playing Long Beach State are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

UC Irvine Anteaters Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing CS Northridge are 7-3
After playing Cal Poly are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Next up:
Santa Barbara home to UC Davis, Thursday, February 7
UC Irvine at CS Northridge, Thursday, February 7