Sacramento State Hornets (3-0) vs Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos (5-1)Date : 11/29/2018
Time : 10:00 pm EST
Location : UCSB Convention Center, Santa Barbara, California
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Sacramento State Hornets vs Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos
The Sacramento State Hornets will travel to The UCSB Convention Center in Santa Barbara, California, to battle the Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos on Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Sacramento State comes into this matchup undefeated with their last victory coming versus the Cal State Fullerton Titans as they picked up the 87-82 home win on November 24th. After going up by 5 at the half, the Hornets were outscored by the Titans by 44 – 39 margin in the second, thus causing overtime. In the extra period, the Hornets were able to outscore Cal State Fullerton 15-10 in which to seal the victory as they were led by Marcus Graves, who struggled in going 6-19 from the floor, with 22 points in the win.
Cal Santa Barbara has also been on a tear this season as they enter this game winning four straight with their last win coming over the Idaho Vandals as they shot a mere 37% from the field while also hitting only 8% of their three-pointers for the night; Yet, were able to pick up the 66-55 Neutral site win on November 24th.
Sacramento State Hornets's Latest Performance :
As stated, the Hornets come into this matchup on a high as they have won 3 straight games. Of course, their last two games were decided by five points or less, yet they were fortunate enough to come up with the huge victory in the meantime. Graves, as stated, did not shoot well from the field, but put up 22 points on the night while Ethan Esposito along with Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa chipped in 14 points each individually for the Hornets. And while the Hornets remain undefeated, their offense continues to remain inconsistent as they are averaging only 73 points per game on 43% shooting.
Esposito is their leading scorer as he puts up 15 points per game while Marcus Graves leads the team in rebounding along with assists with 9 in each area. With that being said, the Hornets look to get their offense back on track in this outing versus a stellar defense for the Gauchos that is allowing teams to only shoot 35% from the field while giving up 62 points per game.
Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos's Latest Performance :
During their four game winning streak, the Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos have done well for themselves in scoring an average of 74 points per game while their defense has allowed opponents to put up 57 points during this time. In their last outing, the Gauchos allowed around their average as the Idaho Vandals were able to put up only 55 points on a night where they shot 33% from the floor along with 21% from 3 point range. Of course, the Gauchos did not shoot well from the field in this contest either; However, outrebounded the Vandals by a 43 – 26 margin. Santa Barbara will certainly want to come into this game looking to get their offense back on track as they are going up against a Sacramento State team that has allowed opponents to only shooting 36% from the field in 2018.
How Sacramento State Hornets & Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Sacramento state is 2-0 ATS while the OU is 1 – 1
Cal Santa Barbara is 4 – 1 ATS while the OU is 2 – 3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a competitive matchup between two teams that are both struggling on the offensive end end 2018. With that being said, look for both teams to push the pace in which to pick up some easy baskets on the break, or, in transition throughout the game. As stated, both offenses are struggling and will certainly bring their A games in which to pull out all the stops in remaining competitive in the contest while possibly picking up the much-needed win, in the meantime.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Sacramento State Hornets
My reason for the pick :
Look for the Gauchos to really come out and have a solid night on the defensive end versus the Hornets in this matchup; Nonetheless, Sacramento State has simply been more consistent on the offensive end of the floor this year and will remain resilient in hitting big shots down the stretch in which to seal a hard-fought victory in the end. Again, the Hornets have a couple play makers in which they can rely on to put scores on the board. It is for this reason that they continue to be the more consistent of these two teams coming into this contest, thus allowing for the road team to have an advantage in this match up.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in two of the last three games for Sacramento State while also being the result in four of the last five games for the Gaucho’s of Cal Santa Barbara. Combine this with the fact that two offenses will be matched up against to stellar defenses that are ranked in the top 50 within the nation, one can certainly expect the under to be the strong play in this matchup in the end.
Betting trends for Sacramento State Hornets:
- Over is 7-3 in Hornets last 10 Thu. games.
Under is 35-17 in Hornets last 52 road games.
Betting trends for Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos:
- Gauchos are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 Thu. games.
Over is 7-3 in Gauchos last 10 vs. Big Sky.
Under is 35-16-3 in Gauchos last 54 home games.