College Basketball Betting Preview: North Carolina vs. Cal Santa Barbara

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This college basketball betting preview of the North Carolina vs. Cal Santa Barbara game is courtesy of SBG Global where the line opened at North Carolina  - 17.5 , Total 147.5

Top ranked North Carolina visits UC Santa Barbara on Friday in a game that can be seen on ESPN U.  There is no question that the Tar Heels will be heavily favored over the Gauchos but the atmosphere should be intense at the Thunderdome as Santa Barbara has already sold out the game. SBG Global reports that early college basketball line has the public taking North Carolina at Home.

North Carolina has opened the season with wins over Pennsylvania and Kentucky and has done so without forward Tyler Hansbrough who is not expected to play in this game. The Gauchos are coming off a last second loss to Utah State. The Gauchos were led by James Powell and Chris Devine who had a game-high 14 points apiece.  The Gauchos were picked by the media to finish second in the Big West this season.  They set a school record last year with 23 wins. The last time Cal Santa Barbara played the No. 1 team in the country was last year at North Carolina when the Tar Heels blew them out 105-70.  The last time a #1 team played in Santa Barbara was in 1991 when UNLV defeated the Gauchos 88-71.

The Gauchos and North Carolina have played twice and the Tar Heels have won both meetings.  They won last year as previously mentioned and also won in 2005 by a score of 83-66.

Here are the college basketball betting stats for Friday's game. The Tar Heels are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games. The Tar Heels are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tar Heels are 36-15 ATS in their last 51 non-conference games.

The Gauchos are 10-29-2 ATS in their last 41 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Gauchos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Gauchos are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 home games. The Gauchos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

SBG Global Current Line: North Carolina  - 19 , Total 147.5

The Over is 8-3 in the Tar Heels last 11 road games. The Over is 8-2 in the Gauchos last 10 Friday games. The Under is 9-3 in the Gauchos last 12 non-conference games. The Under is 45-16 in the Gauchos last 61 home games.


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