This Wednesday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and the Oregon State Beavers. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Gill Coliseum.
UC Santa Barbara Looks To Forget About Its Last GameThe UCSB Gauchos have looked extremely underwhelming so far this season. The Gauchos currently have a losing record through three games including a one point loss to Rice at home in their last game. In that game, UCSB's defense was terrible as it allowed 82 points on 52.8% shooting from the floor. To make matters worse, the Gauchos were up 20 points at the half and let the Owls outscore them by 21 points in the second half en route to a shocking defeat. Now, UCSB will look to forget about that loss as quickly as possible since beating Oregon State on the road will require its full attention.
Leading the Gauchos offensively is senior guardMax Heideggerwho has been amazingso far this season. He is averaging a team-high 20.3 points per game along with 2.7 assists. In addition, he has also been extremely efficient from the floor as he is shooting an impressive 59.0% from the floor. Heidegger has the ability to take over a game all by himself and he will look to help lead his team to this upset victory.
UCSB's most underrated player is junior guard JaQuori McLaughlin who has been solid so far this season. He is averaging 9.7 points per game along with 2.7 assists. In addition, he is also shooting an impressive 44.4% from the three-point line as he has been lethal from downtown up to this point in the season. Look for him to continue making it rain from the outside on Wednesday.
Oregon State Looks To Stay Undefeated At HomeThe Oregon State Beavers have looked extremely impressive so far this season. The Beavers currently have a winning record through three games including a 20 point victory against Wyoming on the road in their last game. In that game, Oregon State's offense was great as it scored 83 points while shooting 49.1% from the floor. Oregon State got out to an early lead and essentially coasted the rest of the way for an easy victory. Now, Oregon State has the luxury of returning home where it is undefeated this season and has scored at least 80 points in both of those home games. The Beavers will look to remain undefeated at Gill Coliseum on Wednesday as the home crowd should continue providing a spark.
Leading the Beavers offensively is senior forward Tres Tinklewho has been amazingso far this season. He is averaging a team-high 21.5 points per game along with 10.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists. In addition, he has also been extremely efficient from the floor as he is shooting 52.5% from the floor. Tinkle will graduate as one of the greatest basketball players in this program's history and he will look to put on a show at every home game that he has left.
Oregon State's most underrated player is senior center Kylor Kelley who has been solid so far this season. He is averaging 12.8 points per game along with 4.8 rebounds while shooting 58.1% from the floor. In addition, he is also an elite rim protector as he is averaging a whopping 3.3 blocks per game which is the most on the roster by a wide margin. Now, Kelley will look for another solid performance at home.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Gauchos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Gauchos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Beavers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
- Beavers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.