Santa Barbara @ California-San Diego
Current Records: Santa Barbara 7-4; California-San Diego 6-5
What to Know
The Santa Barbara Gauchos won both of their matches against the California-San Diego Tritons last season (69-52 and 84-53) and are aiming for the same result on Thursday. Santa Barbara and California-San Diego will face off in a Big West battle at 10 p.m. ET at RIMAC. Neither the Gauchos nor the Tritons could muster much offensive firepower in their last games, so look to the defense to decide this one.
The stars were brightly shining for Santa Barbara in a 56-43 win over the Idaho State Bengals last Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a victory for California-San Diego just wasn’t in the stars last week as the team never even grasped a temporary lead. They got maybe a little too into the holiday spirit, gifting the San Diego State Aztecs an easy 78-57 victory. California-San Diego was surely aware of their 15.5-point disadvantage in the point spread, but the foreknowledge did nothing to prevent the result. Forward Toni Rocak just could not get things rolling his way, playing for 26 minutes with 4-for-15 shooting and four turnovers.
Barring any buzzer beaters, the Gauchos are expected to win a tight contest. Now might not be the best time to take Santa Barbara against the spread since they’ve let down bettors for the past four consecutive games.
Santa Barbara is now 7-4 while California-San Diego sits at 6-5. Santa Barbara is 3-3 after wins this season, and the Tritons are 2-2 after losses.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 10 p.m. ET
- Where: RIMAC — San Diego, California
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Gauchos are a 3-point favorite against the Tritons, according to the latest college basketball odds.
Bettors have moved against the Gauchos slightly, as the game opened with the Gauchos as a 4.5-point favorite.
Santa Barbara have won both of the games they’ve played against California-San Diego in the last two years.
- Jan 16, 2021 – Santa Barbara 84 vs. California-San Diego 53
- Jan 15, 2021 – Santa Barbara 69 vs. California-San Diego 52
Injury Report for California-San Diego
No Injury Information
Injury Report for Santa Barbara
- Zach Harvey: Out for the Season (Ankle)