NCAA Tournament March Madness Picks & Odds: UC Santa Barbara vs. Creighton Predictions

Brandon Hurley is back with his pick for UC Santa Barbara vs. Creighton
Brandon Hurley
Sat, March 20, 5:08 AM EDT

UC Santa Barbara vs. Creighton

UCSB ranks 64th on offense and 81st on defense, per KenPom. Creighton ranks 14th on offense and 40th on defense. UCSB is one of the best mid-major teams in the country. They are 22-4 and cruised through their conference tournament. Creighton scuffled to end the season, winning 3 of their last 6 games and getting absolutely embarrassed in their conference championship game, losing 73-48 to 12-seed Georgetown.

UCSB ranks out good on offense to keep pace with Creighton. UCSB ranks 118th in 3 point shooting %, 46th in 2 point shooting %, and 56th in Offense Effective FG %. Creighton ranks well in all of these categories as well, but UCSB holds advantages in some other key stats. One is rebounding. UCSB ranks 162nd in Offense Rebounding % and 47th in Defense Rebounding %. Creighton ranks 250th and 185th in these categories, respectively. The Gauchos also hold a major advantage at the charity stripe. UCSB ranks 32nd in Free Throw % while Creighton ranks 329th in this category.

Creighton is a good basketball team, don’t get me wrong, but UCSB has a great team makeup to upset the BlueJays. They have the offense, they rebound, they make free throws, and most importantly, play defense. The Gauchos rank 68th in Defense Effective FG %. UCSB is hot and Creighton is not. Look for do-it-all senior Guard Jaquori McLaughlin to lead UCSB to cover +7.5 and possibly give the Gauchos an outright win. Best of luck!

The Pick: UC Santa Barbra +7.5 @ -112

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NCAAB Expert Picks

UC Santa Barbra +7.5 @ -112 (Click To Bet)

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