UC Santa Barbara vs Creighton Pick: West Region Round 1, March 20th
UC Santa Barbara vs Creighton Pick – Saturday, March 20th – West Region Round One: UC Santa Barbara come into their round one match-up with Creighton on Saturday with a 22-4 record and have gone 14-10 ATS while going Under the betting total in 13 of their 24 games played. Meanwhile, Creighton are 20-8 on the season, with a 13-15 ATS record, and have gone Under the betting total in 14 of their 28 games so far this season.
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UC Santa Barbara: UC Santa Barbara got revenge on UC Irvine after losing twice to them on the road in late December by defeating them in the Big West Final 79-63. After those losses to UC Irvine, Santa Barbara went on to win 18 of their last 19 games to win the title. They are led by leading scorer Senior Jaquori McLaughlin who averages 16.2 points per game and 5.2 assists while hitting 40.4% from three. Their second-leading scorer is the very athletic 6’9 Amadou Sow (so) out of Mali who averages 13.7 points per game, with 7.6 boards. The other Gaucho averaging double digits is Ajare Sanni, who averages 11.2 per game. UCSB are strong offensively, scoring 76.5 points per game while getting 16.3 assists and only turning the ball over 11 times a game. They hit 48.5% from the field, 35.1% from three, and 75% from the stripe.
Creighton: After beating Connecticut in a tightly contested Big East Semifinal 59-56, Creighton was surprisingly dismantled by the Georgetown Hoyas 73-48 as 8.5 point favorites in the Final. The Bluejays scored a season-low 48 points and shot 29% from the field. The only starter to score double digits was leading scorer Marcus Zegarowski who went for 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting. Zegarowski went 3 of 4 from three while the rest of the starters went 3 for 20. The Blue Jays are a deep squad with five players averaging double digits. Their offensive numbers are very similar to Santa Barbara. The Blue Jays average 77 points per game, only turn the ball over 11.1 times a game. They hit 47.6% from the field, 36.7% from three, but they struggle from the line, just hitting 64.2%.
UC Santa Barbara vs Creighton Odds
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|Where/When||Lucas Oil Stadium | 3:30 PM ET|