Tom Stryker’s Free Basketball Play February 20th


#878 UCSB (-5′) over Cal State Fullerton at 10 PM EST
In a really bad mood off a pair of double-digit straight up losses to UC Irvine and UC Riverside, UCSB will take the floor in the Thunderdome ready to bounce back in a huge way. Cal State Fullerton enters this Big West war on a sizzling 4-0 SU and ATS run, and the Titans will have trouble at this venue.

Historically speaking, the Gauchos have played well in this series notching a respectable 19-10 SU and 18-11 ATS mark in the last 29 meetings. In this run competing in the comforts of home, head coach Joe Pasternack and his troops improve to a lucrative 12-2 SU and 10-4 ATS. Equally impressive, in conference play running the floor against a foe that enters with momentum off two or more SU and ATS wins, UCSB owns a reliable 23-14 SU and 25-12 ATS record including an outstanding 22-11 SU and 25-8 ATS if they are battling a foe that owns a team won/loss percentage of .375 or better. With those two parameters live and the Gauchos laying -4.5 or more, this team trend explodes to a nearly perfect 12-1 SU and ATS.

This is a difficult wagering spot for Cal State Fullerton. When coming off two or more straight up wins and now facing a foe that arrives off a straight up loss, the Titans own a feeble 17-33 ATS record in their last 50 lined games. In this situation storming the court off a blowout victory of six or more points, head coach Dedrique Taylor and his kids fall to a pitiful 11-26 ATS including an ugly 6-18 ATS provided their opponent was on the road last.

Last year, the Gauchos were priced a 5.5-point home favorite to the Titans and they lost outright 67-58. Coach Pasternack will make sure his kids don’t forget about that embarrassing defeat. Take UCSB. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.


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