UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs Free Prediction 01/08/20

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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (11-4) and the Cal Poly Mustangs (3-11) clash at Robert A. Mott Gym. The Gauchos will attempt to continue their five-game winning streak. The game is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs ATS Odds

Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Mustangs won a close one over the Vanguard Lions 85-82, while the Gauchos had no trouble getting past the Westmont Warriors 87-66.

UC Santa Barbara dominated every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.206 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.3 (below their season average of 34.7). For those same stats, Westmont had marks of 0.078 and 17.5, respectively. The Mustangs, on the other hand, had a much better free throw rate (0.800 vs. 0.269) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.544 vs. 0.478). Cal Poly was led by Malek Harwell, who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. Amadou Sow played well for UC Santa Barbara, recording 20 points and five rebounds.

The Gauchos dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the last matchup, UC Santa Barbara won 92-82. The Gauchos’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over the Mustangs. UC Santa Barbara had a rate of 30.6, while Cal Poly posted a mark of 20.0. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

Half-court execution will be critical when two of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams clash. Cal Poly currently ranks 269th in possessions per game (69.1) and UC Santa Barbara is 331st (65.4). Also, the Gauchos’ 19th-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 113.7) will go head-to-head against the Mustangs’ 336th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 106.1).

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs ATS Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – UC Santa Barbara, ATS Winner – UC Santa Barbara, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • UC Santa Barbara ranks 22nd in rebounds allowed per game (29.1) while Cal Poly ranks 213th (35.6).
  • The Gauchos rank ninth in steals allowed per game (4.9) while the Mustangs rank 79th (7.6).
  • The Gauchos rank 106th in assists per game (14.3) while the Mustangs rank 234th (10.0).
  • Cal Poly ranks 154th in three pointers attempted per game (18.8) while UC Santa Barbara ranks 229th (19.2).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Mustangs have scored an average of 57.0 points per game (6.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.2 points per game (3.8 below their season average).
  • The Gauchos’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.4, up from 6.7 for the season.