UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Northridge Matadors Pick
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (19-9) will take on the Cal State Northridge Matadors (13-17) for a Big West conference clash set to take place on Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Tip-off time is set for 10:00 PM ET and will be broadcasted on ESPN3. The Gauchos are presently riding a three-game winning streak against the Matadors. The two teams last met in February where the Gauchos hosted the Matadors and defeated them 70-64 in Santa Barbara. Despite the win, UCSB failed to cover as an 8.5-point favorite at tip-off.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Northridge Matadors Overview
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
The Gauchos enter into this contest on the heels of an upset defeat at the hands of conference rival Long Beach State. UCSB was last on the floor on February 28th, and it is a day that they would like to forget as they suffered only their third loss at home this year. The Gauchos closed as an eight-point choice but were defeated 69-64 by LBSU.
Cal State Northridge Matadors
The Matadors were lost on the court four days ago, and their last outing was a good one. As a 7.5-point underdog, CSN traveled to the Aloha State to take on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and defeat them on their own court. The Matadors would win handily as they defeated Hawaii by a score of 84-73.
Reasons To Back UC Santa Barbara
The Gauchos enter into this contest with the emotional intangible of holding the upper hand in this series. After being shocked on their own floor, the Gauchos will be looking to atone for what occurred against Long Beach State against a team they know how to beat. When you couple this with the narrative that UCSB has had three extra days of rest and preparation for this contest, we have to like their prospects. Moreover, the Gauchos are a far stronger team on the boards as they give away 27.8 total rebounds per game (14th in the NBA) compared to CSN’s 316th-ranked 34.7 total rebounds against per game. In addition, the Gauchos are rugged on defense as they sit 36th in America in scoring defense (65.2 points per game). This is far contrasting to the Matadors porous defense which gives up 79.2 points per contest (335th in America). By these narratives alone, UCSB can throw its weight around against Cal State Northridge.
Reasons To Avoid Cal State Northridge
After pulling the upset and orchestrating a big win, the Matadors enter into this contest subject for a considerable let-down. After all, they traveled 3,000 miles to beat Hawaii and went across several time zones while doing so. They have had only a handful of days to shake off the jet-lag and could enter flat after playing one of their best games this season.
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UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge Prediction 03/7/2019
The Gauchos have the potential to be a viable candidate to represent the Big West in the Men’s Basketball Tournament with respect to the way they play defense. Expect the Gauchos to use this opportunity to showcase their supremacy against the Matadors and win this one by certainly more than a mere basket.