Cal State-Bakersfield versus UC-Santa Barbara Odds and Picks

Cal State Bakersfield's Justin McCall tries to pass the ball

Justin McCall (22) of Cal State Bakersfield aims to pass the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech on Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo / Brad Tollefson)

  • UC-Santa Barbara had a 10-game winning streak with the Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners on Friday night
  • Gauchos have moved to the top of the Big West standings in an 8-0 run in the conference game, while the Roadrunners are aiming for a fourth straight win
  • Before the meeting on Friday evening in the Thunderdome, we informed you about all the opportunities and trends

The UC-Santa Barbara gauchos put a ten-game winning streak and sole ownership of the top spot in the Big West conference on the line on Friday (11:00 p.m. ET) when they finished the aspiring Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners as 8, 5- aligned. Point favorites.

The gauchos are returning home after remaining undefeated on their last six-game road trip. The Roadrunners are only one game behind UCSB in the conference standings and open an important series with two games, with the gauchos completing a winning streak with three games.

Here you can see all the opportunities and trends before the matchup on Friday evening in the Thunderdome.

Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners vs UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos odds

team Spread Moneyline total
Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners +8.5 (-110) TBD O 130.5 (-110)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -8.5 (-110) TBD U 130.5 (-110)

FanDuel odds to win on February 19, 2021.

Gauchos are finally returning home

Friday’s competition marks the first time the gauchos have come home in over a month. The club last hosted a game on Jan. 16, an 84-53 UC-San Diego loss as a heavy 12.5-point chalk, but had two dates with Long Beach State later in the month when the beach took a two-week break lodged due to COVID-19.

10 straight wins for @UCSBbasketball as Big West Hawai’i’s leading gauchos overtook 81-74 in overtime.
The school record for victories in a row is 11.
UCSB is 14-3 and 8-2 in the league.
JaQuori McLauglin: 19 points, 5 templates
Devearl Ramsey: 17 points
Amadou Sow: 16 points
Miles Norris: 11 points

– Mike Klan (@ KEYTNC3Mike) February 14, 2021

A stretch of six road competitions did not slow UCSB as Team SU and 5-1 ATS remained undefeated. In fact, the gauchos have regularly beaten up conference opponents. The team has scored nine or more points in five of its eight meetings with Big West rivals during its current 10-game winning streak.

Amadou Sow has 16 points. Game of game UC Santa Barbara against Hawai’i on February 14th. # Bballmali pic.twitter.com/vcQxSQhQSh

– Bballmali (@bballmali) February 14, 2021

Jaquori McLaughlin leads a gauchos offensive that ranks 37th in the nation with 79.1 points per game, beating that total in six of seven games. McLaughlin had a team-strong performance of 19 points in UCSB’s 81:74 win in Hawaii last weekend, averaging 18 points per game in the last six games. And the great junior Amadou Sow has found his offensive touches. The team’s rebound leader averaged 13.1 points in the last eight games and recorded four doubles doubles during that stretch.

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Roadrunners who pay dividends along the way

While the glowing gauchos have caught the attention of the AP’s top 25 voters, the Roadrunners arrive in town just one game back in the Big West to beat their recent mediocre game on the road. The team dominated last weekend in a two-game game against UC-San Diego on the home court, but switched between wins and losses in the last four street appointments, setting a 6-6 SU away record this season. The Roadrunners have remained a solid bet on the road, however, with each of their six wins being wagered as underdogs.

Do you know what is impressive? The fact that CSU Bakersfield (@CSUB_MBB) is 10-5 overall, ranks 2nd in the Big West, and keeps opponents at just 60 ppg … and only has ONE player who averages double-digit ppg (Taze Moore, 11 ppg ).

THIS IS IMPRESSIVE!!!! #TEAM

– Richie Schueler (@RichieSchueler) January 28, 2021

With leading scorer Taze Moore averaging just 11.4 points per game, the Roadrunners had to get offensive contribution from the top and bottom of the line-up. The team averaged just 67.7 points per game during their 3-0 SU run, but closed the gap with a solid defensive game. CSU Bakersfield have allowed fewer than 60 points per game in the last three games and have limited their opponents to under 60 points a total of eight times this season, including four times on the road. This avarice extends to dates with the gauchos.

The Roadrunners have abandoned two out of three UCSB encounters of all time but kept things close, not beating by just six points in those competitions and limiting the gauchos to just 63 points per game. But while CSU Bakersfield is likely to be a frustrating opponent, the Roadrunners are unlikely to stop the best team in the Big West.

The choice: Gauchos -8.5 (-110); UNDER 130.5 (-110)

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