UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UCLA Bruins, NCAA College Basketball Betting Odds, Picks and Prediction

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SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS UCLA BRUINS
1-6 December 14, 10:30 PM | Pauley Pavilion 10-0
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Networks.
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread MoneyLine Total
CAL Santa Barbara Gauchos +29.5 -105  TBA 164 -110
UCLA Bruins -29.5 -115  TBA 164 -110
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The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos and the UCLA Bruins will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Pauley Pavilion.

ABOUT UC SANTA BARBARA (1-6): Gabe Vincent averages a team-high 17.3 points, but also takes 15.4 shots a game, a number that stands out when considering the only game he took less than 10 field goal tries was the lone game the Gauchos won. Santa Barbara might be better off getting the ball inside to 6-8 forward Jalen Canty, who’s averaging 11.3 points and 7.1 rebounds while shooting 61.5 percent from the floor. Ami Lakoju, another 6-8 forward, has also been making the most of his shot attempts, shooting 75.9 percent from the field.

ABOUT UCLA (10-0): Somewhat buried beneath the headlines featuring Ball and Leaf has been the solid play of leading scorer Isaac Hamilton (17.7). He’s also benefited from better point guard play this season, as his field goal percentage has climbed from 40.9 as a freshman two years ago, to 47.2 last season to 51.5 through 10 games this fall. His 3-point shooting has also shot up from 37.7 last season to 45.6 and continues to climb, as he’s a combined 12-for-21 from beyond the arc in the last three games.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Bruins listed as 29.5-point favorites versus the Gauchos, while the game’s total is sitting at 164 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

UCLA was a 102-84 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wolverines. They covered the -8.5-point spread as favorites.

UC-Santa Barbara lost its last outing, a 77-68 result against Toreros on December 11. They failed to cover in that game as a -2-point favorite.

The best 3-point shooting team in the nation will go up against the worst when No. 2 UCLA hosts UC Santa Barbara in a nonconference game Wednesday night. The Bruins came into the week shooting 47.1 percent from beyond the arc after a sizzling 15-for-24 performance Saturday against visiting Michigan, while the Gauchos came in last out of 351 Division I teams at 25.9 percent.

The Bruins also lead the nation in overall field goal percentage (56.2), and exceptional shooting usually requires good passing, and UCLA certainly fits that mold, leading the country in assists (239) and assists per game (23.9). Lonzo Ball continues to be the main facilitator for the Bruins, averaging 8.8 helpers to go along with 15 points and 5.2 rebounds, but four other Bruins also average from 2.7 to 4.2 assists, keeping defenses on their toes even when the ball is out of Ball’s hands. T.J. Leaf is another freshman who figures to be a one-and-done this season, but the 6-10 forward is showing he could be lottery potential while averaging 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, shooting 67.9 percent from the floor and 10-for-20 from 3-point distance. The Gauchos have won at least 19 games in each of the last three seasons, but seem a longshot to get to that number this season after losing to such teams as Cal State Bakersfield and San Diego.

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UC-Santa Barbara:
Team record: 1-6 SU,0-5 ATS
UC-Santa Barbara is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
UC-Santa Barbara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road

UCLA:
Team record: 10-0 SU,8-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 10 straight games.
UCLA is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
UCLA is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of UCLA’s last 12 games

Next up:
UC-Santa Barbara home to Iona Wednesday, December 21
UCLA at Ohio State Saturday, December 17

KEY NOTES
1. The last time two UCLA players scored at least 25 points in the same game was Nov. 15, 2012, when Norman Powell scored 27 and Jordan Adams had 25 against James Madison.

2. UCLA F Thomas Welsh, sixth on the team in scoring at 11.1 and No. 1 in rebounding at 9.6, is questionable after sitting out the Michigan game with a bruised right knee.

3. UC Santa Barbara is 0-4 on the road after finishing 13-9 last season.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: UCLA Bruins will cover the spread at -29.5 and the game will go over 164 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: UCLA 99, UC Santa Barbara 68 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
SABAR TEAM UCLA
66.4 PTS FOR 97.5
76.3 PTS AGNST 75.9
-9.9 DIFF. 21.6
23.6 DEF REBOUNDS 31.6
14.4 OFF REBOUNDS 8.7
40.1 FG% 56.2
62.0 FT% 73.2
6.0 3 POINTERS 11.3
5.1 STEALS 5.6
INJURIES
SANTA BARBARA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
UCLA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
UCLA
UCLA is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of UCLA’s last 12 games
UCLA is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of UCLA’s last 10 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Santa Barbara’s Overall Scoring vs UCLA’s Overall Defense 66.4 314 75.9 263
Santa Barbara’s Away Scoring vs UCLA’s Home Defense 66.8 220 74.1 286
Santa Barbara’s Road Rebounds vs UCLA’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.0 195 33.1 138
UCLA’s Overall Scoring vs Santa Barbara’s Overall Defense 97.5 2 76.3 271
UCLA’s Home Scoring vs Santa Barbara’s Road Defense 97.6 9 83.5 290
UCLA’s Home Rebounds vs Santa Barbara’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.2 106 36.3 154
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
SABAR 40.1 45.7 -5.6
UCLA 56.2 40.6 15.5
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
SABAR 14.4 23.6 38.0
UCLA 8.7 31.6 40.3
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
SABAR 14.6 12.9 1.1
UCLA 23.9 12.3 1.9

 

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