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UC Irvine Anteaters visit Santa Barbara Gauchos in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

UC Irvine AnteatersSanta Barbara Gauchos
13-8January 30, 2014, 10:00 | Thunderdome12-6

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Thunderdome Thursday as host Santa Barbara looks to handle the UC Irvine Anteaters in NCAA hoops action.

The Gauchos sport a record of 12-6 and 7-8 ATS heading into this battle, while the Anteaters have 13-8 and 9-9 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-5 for the Gauchos and 4-14 for the Anteaters.

View UC Irvine Anteaters vs Santa Barbara Gauchos Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting UC Irvine before tip-off in this one found them as 4.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Gauchos sit at No. 89 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Anteaters sit at No. 115 on the same chart.

UC Irvine was a 90-86 loser in its last match at home against Hawaii. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites. The Anteaters endured a 90-86 loss at the hands of the Warriors on Saturday, despite a 14-point effort from Alex Young at Bren Events Center.

Santa Barbara lost its last outing, a 74-72 result against CS Fullerton on January 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. Santa Barbara got 26 points from Alan Williams on the way to a 74-72 loss against CS Fullerton on Saturday at Titan Gym.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Anteaters rank No. 16 in NCAA Division 1 with 39.81 per game. That compares with Santa Barbara’s No. 177 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Santa Barbara is college basketball's No. 66-ranked team at 7.28 per game, while the Anteaters rate No. 164 with 5.76 per game.

Next up:
UC Irvine at Cal Poly, Saturday, February 1st
Santa Barbara at UC Davis, Saturday, February 1st