Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos (6-1) vs Washington Huskies (5-2)Date : 12/02/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos vs Washington Huskies
The defensive-minded Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos will travel to Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Washington, to battle the Washington Huskies on Sunday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Gauchos come into this matchup winners of five straight games after a 75 – 58 home win versus the Hornets of Sacramento State as they withstood an early challenge from the Hornets in the first half by outscoring the visitors 43 – 31 in the second half in which to pull away and get the much-needed victory.
The Washington Huskies atoned for a loss versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers by picking up an 85 – 59 win over the Eastern Washington Eagles as they were led by Dominic Green, who went 7-10 from 3-point range for the night to end the game with 25 points along with five rebounds on a night where the Huskies shot over 51% from the field.
Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos's Latest Performance :
The Gauchos are ranked 28th in the nation in points allowed per game with 61 points per on 36% shooting from the floor per outing. In fact, in their last two matchups, Cal Santa Barbara failed to allow their opponents to score more than 58 points. With that being said, they allowed the Sacramento State Hornets to put up 58 points in their last outing while also giving up only 40% shooting from the field for the night while also playing a solid first half in going down five points at the break. However Cal Santa Barbara pulled away in the second half thanks to some critical baskets on the offensive end along with outstanding team defense in which to prevent the Hornets from scoring consistently.
The offense for the Gauchos, as a whole, are shooting 48% from the floor per outing in 2018 while averaging 76 points per game. In their last outing versus Sacramento State, they had four double-digit scores led by Ar’Mond Davis along with Amadou Sow with 14 points each while Jaquori McLaughlin chipped in 13 points along with seven rebounds in the win. And despite having a slightly better-than-average offense, Cal Santa Barbara relies on their defensive intensity in which to set the pace of games. They will certainly be looking to utilize this type of philosophy versus a Washington squad that is very similar in that their offense is slightly above-average yet has struggled recently while their defense continues to be the tip of the spear in allowing them to win ball games.
Washington Huskies's Latest Performance :
As stated, the Huskies made up for a loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in their prior outing by beating up on the Eagles of Eastern Washington in their last matchup as they were on fire from the field while also making 12 of 28 3-point attempts for the night. As stated, Green led the team with 25 points in the win while David Crisp also added three additional three-pointers on the night for the Huskies as he ended the game with 14 points. And while the Eagles made 12 3-pointers of their own, they struggled from the field, overall, as they shot only 28% for the night while having only one double-digit scorer in Jesse hunt, who went 6 – 13 from the field to lead the team with 15 points.
In all, the win was an all-around effort for Washington as they got back on track after a potentially devastating loss. With that being the case, they will look to continue their momentum versus a solid team in Cal Santa Barbara that has really impressed on the defensive end early on in 2018.
How Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos & Washington Huskies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Cal Santa Barbara is 5 – 1 ATS while the 2-4
Washington is 3 – 4 ATS while the OU is 3 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Cal Santa Barbara will hit the road in which to face a Washington Huskies team on Sunday night that will be looking to extend the momentum from their last win versus Eastern Washington. On the other hand, the Gauchos will looking forward to the challenge of facing a Pac-12 team after what has been a very good season thus far for the squad. Expect the Gauchos to assert themselves on the defensive end early and often verses and inconsistent offense in Washington while the Huskies will also utilize the exact same philosophy as their defense has certainly been there saving grace thus far.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Cal Santa Barbara gauchos
My reason for the pick :
While Washington has a talented lineup in place that will certainly allow them to compete, due to the defensive prowess for the Gauchos along with having a balanced attack amongst their starting lineup, I will back the visitors in this matchup to pull out a slim victory in the end over a tough Washington Huskies squad. Of course, the Huskies will certainly make this game very competitive throughout, as stated, yet I happen to believe that Cal Santa Barbara certainly has the talent and athleticism on both sides of the ball in which to pull out a much-needed victory. Again, look for the visitors to assert themselves on the defensive end early, thus allowing them to remain in the game and pulling out a close win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in three of the last five games for the Washington Huskies while being the result in the last three games for the Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos. With that being the case, combined with the fact that both teams possess solid defenses, one would expect both offenses to struggle for much of this matchup as the total certainly go under what is expected in the end.
Betting trends for Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos:
- The Huskies are 2 – 4 ATS and last six games
- The Huskies are 3-1 ATS in last for home games
Betting trends for Washington Huskies:
- The Gauchos are 4-0 ATS in last 4 games
- The under is 3-1 in Gaucho’s last 4 games