Free CBB Hoops Pick: Gauchos vs Huskies Odds
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21-12 (0-1 N) NIU Huskies vs. UCSB Gauchos 18-13 (2-2 N)
2016 Vegas 16 Tournament
Date: Monday, March 28, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM ET
Venue: Mandalay Bay Event Center
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: UCSB -5
CBB Betting Total: 136.5
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The first round of the Vegas 16 tourney pins two teams from different parts of the country as the UCSB Gauchos come in from the west coast to meet with the Northern Illinois Huskies from the east coast in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Gauchos reside out of the Big West and finished 4th, 2 games back in the standings. The Huskies, out of the MAC, took 3rd in the MAC West, 1.0 game behind the leaders.
The Gauchos were bounced from the Big West title game 88-76 thanks in large part to their defensive breakdowns.
Ironically, defense has been their strong suit all season long too. UCSB allows just 68.2 points per game on the season. The 88 points they allowed to Hawaii in the semi finals was the largest point total they conceded all season long. Obviously, that came at the wrong time.
The Gauchos went into the Big West tourney semi finals winners of 9 straight games, as this team was one of the hottest in the conference.
Led by Michael Bryson, the Gauchos offense averages about 71 points per game. Bryson contributes 18.4 of those per game, but also grabs 6.4 rebounds to go along with 2.5 assists per game. Look for him to be the ignitor today for the Gauchos if they hope to grab a first round win.
The Huskies problem this season has been consistency.
They built far too many losing streaks, rather than winning streaks on the year, causing them to have a tough seed heading into the MAC tourney. While they sat 3rd, just 1 game back in the West of two teams, the Huskies sat behind the entire East side, really screwing things up for them.
Northern Illinois did manage to grab a win in the opening round of the MAC tourney, as they bounced Western Michigan 56-50 in a game where their defense was absolutely stellar. The Huskies concede 69.2 points per game, so all things considered that was one of their most impressive displays on the year.
NIU will be playing just their 2nd game on a neutral court this year, but 2nd in a row. The first one didn’t pan out so well as they were bounced 79-62 to the Ohio Bobcats at Quicken Loans Arena in the MAC Tourney.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Huskies are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Monday games.
- Gauchos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Gauchos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Gauchos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Free NIU Huskies vs. UCSB Gauchos CBB Prediction:
The Huskies and Gauchos are both real slower paced kinds of teams.
Look for this one to be a solid defensive battle, as both teams really like to take the air out of the ball and use the shot clock.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick:Under
A few nerves as well are here with the game being played in Vegas, as both teams score low, in a game that goes under the total.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction:UCSB 65- NIU 59
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