Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Aggies versus the Gauchos? Tip off is at at 11:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPNU. The game will be played at The Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, CA. The odds for this Big West conference game currently have UC Santa Barbara as the -4 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 142 points.

UC DAVIS AGGIES VS UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -4

This game will be played at The Thunderdome at 11:00 ET on Thursday, February 1st.

WHY BET THE UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Gauchos.
  • Not only will UC Santa Barbara pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Aggies Exceed Expectations on the Road?

UC Davis is 12-8 overall and 7-2 in Big West play. The Aggies are 3-4 on the road this season and have gone 2-1 in their last three games away from home. In their last game, UC Davis lost to California-San Diego by a score of 92-59.

As an underdog, the Aggies have gone 3-4 this season. So far, they have been favored in 11 of their 20 games and have gone 7-4 in those contests. For the season, UC Davis has outscored opponents by an average of +0.4 points per game on the road.

UC Davis has been a solid team against the spread this season, going 10-8. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-2, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 6-4. In their last three road games, the Aggies are a perfect 3-0 vs. the spread.

UC Davis' over/under record for the season is 8-10 and the average scoring total in their games is 140.1 points. Today's over/under line of 142 is lower than the average OU line in their games (144). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 129 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 5-4.

The UC Davis offense is coming off a game in which they scored 59 points vs. California-San Diego. Overall their field goal percentage was 38.2% while connecting on 4 threes. Ty Johnson led the scoring for the Aggies, contributing 22 points. Additionally, Elijah Pepper chipped in with 13 points.

So far, the Aggies' defense is ranked 81st in the country at 67.6 points per contest. In today's game, the UC Davis defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 4 three-pointers while giving up 92 points.

Will the Gauchos Make it Happen at Home?

UC Santa Barbara enters this game as the favorite, as they have been the favored team in 11 of their 19 games this season. Overall, the Gauchos have a record of 12-7, including a 5-4 mark in Big West Conference play.

At home, UC Santa Barbara is 5-3 this season, and they have an average scoring margin of +5.2 points per game in those contests. Over their last 10 games at home, the Gauchos have gone 7-3.

UC Santa Barbara has been a disappointing team against the spread this season with a record of 7-9-1. At home, their ATS mark is just 2-5-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gauchos are just 3-6-1 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for UC Santa Barbara games is 10-7, and today's line of 142 is lower than the average OU line in their games (146). So far, 11 of their games have had higher OU lines than today's. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 148 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 7-3.

The UC Santa Barbara offense is coming off a game in which they scored 78 points vs. Hawaii. Overall their field goal percentage was 59.6% while connecting on 2 threes. Ajay Mitchell led the team in scoring, putting up 25 points. Additionally, Yohan Traore contributed 20 points for the Gauchos.

On the defensive side, UC Santa Barbara is currently hovering around the NCAA's average for points allowed, conceding an average of 72.4 points per game. In their previous game vs. Hawaii, the Rainbow Warriors finished with a field goal percentage of 42% and a total of 61 points vs. UC Santa Barbara.