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Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:55pm EST
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UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Where: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI

When: Saturday, January 18, 11:59 PM. ET.

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Saturday night.

Gauchos Going For Seventh Win In Eight Games

The Gauchos had their six-game winning streak snapped by Long Beach State in their last game and will be trying to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Rainbow Warriors, which will give them their seventh win in their last eight games.

UC Santa Barbara has played well offensively, averaging 72.4 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They finished with 52 points in their last game and will need to do a better job offensively if they want to get past the Rainbow Warriors.

Amadou Sow led the way for the Gauchos with 15 points and nine rebounds. JaQuori McLaughlin finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while Devearl Ramsey added 10 points and five assists for the Gauchos.

UC Santa Barbara has played well defensively, holding opponents to 65.6 points per game. They gave up 55 points in their last game and will need another solid defensive effort if they want to pick up the win.

Rainbow Warriors Going For Fourth Win In Five Games

The Rainbow Warriors bounced back from their loss to UC Irvine with a win over Cal Poly and will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the gauchos, which will give them their fourth win in their last five games.

Hawaii is averaging 70.9 points per game. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They finished with 65 points in their last game and will need to do a better job offensively if they want to get past the Gauchos.

Eddie Stansberry led the way for the Rainbow Warriors with 17 points and four rebounds. Zigmars Raimo finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Justin Webster added nine points and two rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors.

Hawaii has also played well defensively, holding opponents to 68.1 points per game. They gave up 61 points in their last game and will need another good defensive effort to beat the Gauchos on Saturday.

Best Bets for this Game

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The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 70.5 points per game. They will struggle to score against the Gauchos, who are holding opponents to 65.6 points per game and have given up 55.3 points per game in their last three games. The Gauchos are averaging 72.4 points per game and should have better luck scoring against the Rainbow Warriors, who are giving up 68.1 points per game. UC Santa Barbara also does a better job rebounding the ball, averaging 36.1 rebounds per game to Hawaiiโ€™s 33.9 rebounds per game. With 30 percent of the rebounds coming on the offensive end, the Gauchos will have more scoring opportunities in this game, making them the best bet. UC Santa Barbara has won the last three meetings between the two teams and four of their last five overall.

Prediction: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

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The Rainbow Warriors and Gauchos have played well defensively, so donโ€™t expect to see a high-scoring game. Hawaii is holding opponents to 68.1 points per game and held their last four opponents to 63.7 points per game. Even though the Gauchos are averaging 72.4 points per game, expect them to be held below their season average in this game. The Gauchos are giving up 65.6 points per game held their last three opponents to 55.3 points per game, which means they will likely keep the Rainbow Warriors under their season average as well. With neither team likely to go over 70 points in this game, the under makes the most sense here.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Rainbow Warriors will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Gauchos in the first half of their last three games, averaging 35 points per game while the Gauchos average 32.7 points per game.

Prediction: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

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The Gauchos and Rainbow Warriors are averaging 67.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.