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Santa Barbara Gauchos vs Cal Poly Mustangs Preview

Cal Poly MustangsSanta Barbara Gauchos
March 9, 11:59 PM | Honda Center

Cal Poly Mustangs vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Odds

18-14TEAM RECORD19-9

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Friday when the Santa Barbara Gauchos try to run the Mustangs off the court at Honda Center in college hoops action.

This game is part of the Big West Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Honda Center.

The Gauchos sport records of 19-9 and 14-12 ATS heading into this battle, while the Mustangs have 18-14 and 11-17 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-13 for the Gauchos and 13-14-1 for the Mustangs.

View Cal Poly vs Santa Barbara Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Gauchos - Mustangs odds would favor the Gauchos if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Santa Barbara is rated No. 31 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Cal Poly is at No. 160. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-71 win for the Gauchos.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Santa Barbara's No. 28-rated squad against Cal Poly's No. 169-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Santa Barbara rates No. 72 in the country with 7.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 105 nationally with 6.8 per match.

Defensively, Cal Poly features the nation's No. 27-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.1 points per game. Santa Barbara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 78 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Cal Poly was a 66-54 winner at home against UC Riverside. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Mustangs got 16 points from Amaurys Fermin as Cal Poly ran past UC Riverside 66-54 on Thursday at Honda Center.

Santa Barbara was a 72-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pacific. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Gauchos and Tigers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Pacific was handed a 72-52 defeat on Thursday at Honda Center.