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