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It’s a battle of Big West opponents on the floor in the Golden State. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are on the road as they make the trip to face the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Thursday night. Hawaii trounced UC Riverside 87-64 at home Saturday night in their last contest. UC Santa Barbara was dropped 83-70 on the road by UC Irvine in their last game Saturday night. The Gauchos lead the all-time series 8-7 and won the last two matchups, including a 75-54 road win in the last matchup on February 2.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Shoot to Build Momentum
Hawaii won their second straight and their third in their last four games as they blew out UC Riverside. The Rainbow Warriors improved to 7-4 in the Big West, leaving them third in the conference, three games behind UC Irvine. Hawaii jumped to a 16-6 lead five minutes into the game and cruised the rest of the way. The Rainbow Warriors were up 21 at the half and didn’t let the Highlanders get closer than that the rest of the way. Hawaii shot a blistering 58.9 percent from the field, including 13 of 23 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 34-21. Jack Purchase led the team with 23 points and nine rebounds in the win.
— HAWAII BASKETBALL (@HawaiiMBB) February 17, 2019
The Rainbow Warriors put up an average of 72.6 points per game on the season. Hawaii grabs 33.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 15.6 assists per contest. The Rainbow Warriors have been solid on the defensive end of the floor, ranking 73rd in the nation by giving up 67.4 points per game. Zigmars Raimo puts up 11 points plus 6.2 rebounds per contest. Jack Purchase chips in a team-leading 11.8 points plus six boards per game while Eddie Stansberry puts up 11.4 points a night. Brocke Stepteau (9.7 points, three assists), Drew Buggs, Samuta Avea, Brandon Thomas, Mate Colina, Sheriff Drammeh and Leland Green are all going to do their part for Hawaii when they’re on the floor. Hawaii shoots 45.3 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Rainbow Warriors knock down 8.9 triples a night while shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc as a team. Hawaii is scuffling at the charity stripe, cashing in 67.9 percent of their attempts at the line this season.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Look to Regroup
UC Santa Barbara suffered a third straight loss as they were dumped on the road by UC Irvine in their last contest. The Gauchos dropped to 6-5 in conference play, leaving them fifth in the Big West, four games behind the Anteaters. UC Santa Barbara trailed 11-0 3:35 into the game and never recovered. The Gauchos trailed by 14 at the half and couldn’t get closer than eight the rest of the way in the loss. UC Santa Barbara shot 40.7 percent from the field, including seven of 22 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 41-31. Max Heidigger led the Gauchos with 17 points in the loss.
Some highlights from our big win on the island 🤙🏻🤙🏻 pic.twitter.com/q8dg7cEmS5
— UCSB Mens Basketball (@UCSBbasketball) February 4, 2019
The Gauchos are averaging 73.1 points per game so far this season on the offensive end of the floor. UC Santa Barbara pulls down 38 boards per contest while handing out an average of 13.8 assists per night. The Gauchos are solid defensively, ranking 36th in the nation by allowing 65.2 points a game on the year. Ar’Mond Davis leads the team with 13.6 points plus 5.5 rebounds a night. Max Heidegger chips in 10.6 points plus 3.1 assists a game though he missed the first nine games of the year. Transfers Devearl Ramsey (10.8 points, 3.4 assists) and JaQuori McLaughlin (10.4 points, three assists) are scoring in double figures as well. Amadou Sow (11.2 points, 6.3 rebounds), Jarriesse Blackmon, Serou Toure and Robinson Idehen each average at least 3.6 points a game this season for the Gauchos. UC Santa Barbara is shooting 45.4 percent from the floor. The team hits 6.4 three pointers a night while sinking 33.6 percent of their attempts from long range. The Gauchos are hitting 70.9 percent from the charity stripe as a team this season.
- Gauchos are 15-4 ATS in their last 19 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Gauchos are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Hawaii has been good this season but they’ve struggled on the road this season. The Rainbow Warriors are 2-3 on the road while UC Santa Barbara is an impressive 10-2 at home on the year. The Gauchos are very good on the defensive end of the floor and they’re going to push Hawaii in this one. We saw UC Santa Barbara crush Hawaii on the road earlier this month and they have the home court advantage in this contest. The Gauchos pick up the victory in this one to get back on track.
Prediction: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos -3.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams are in the middle of the pack offensively this season as Hawaii is 187th in the nation in scoring offense while UC Santa Barbara is 175th in that category. Both teams are in the upper tier on the defensive end of the floor. The Gauchos are 80th in field goal percentage defense (41.9 percent) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage defense (29.2 percent) this season. UC Santa Barbara holds a +9.7 rebound per game edge this season while Hawaii has a +3.4 board per game edge. Can the Rainbow Warriors come up with the road win here?
The over is 5-1 in the Warriors’ last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record. UC Santa Barbara has seen the over go 6-2-1 in their last nine against teams with a winning record. The over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in UC Santa Barbara and 7-3-1 in their last 11 meetings. This one goes over the number as the Gauchos do enough to squeeze over the total.
Prediction: Over 134