Pepperdine @ Santa Barbara
Current Records: Pepperdine 2-7; Santa Barbara 3-2
What to Know
The Pepperdine Waves are on the road again on Friday and play against the Santa Barbara Gauchos at 10 p.m. ET Dec. 3 at Thunderdome. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this contest.
On Tuesday, Pepperdine lost to the Nevada Wolf Pack on the road by a decisive 79-66 margin. Guard Jade' Smith had a pretty forgettable game, finishing with only seven points on 3-for-12 shooting in his 25 minutes on the court.
Meanwhile, Santa Barbara entered their game against the Texas-Arlington Mavericks on Monday without any home losses -- but there's a first time for everything. The Gauchos fell to Texas-Arlington 70-62.
Pepperdine is expected to lose this next one by 8. Those burned by picking them against the spread on Tuesday might want to keep in mind that the team has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.
Pepperdine is now 2-7 while Santa Barbara sits at 3-2. A couple offensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: The Waves are stumbling into the matchup with the 29th fewest points per game in college basketball, having accrued only 63.4 on average. The Gauchos' offense has more to brag about, as they they enter the matchup with a 51.40% field goal percentage, good for sixth best in college basketball. So the cards are definitely stacked in their favor.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 10 p.m. ET
- Where: Thunderdome -- Santa Barbara, California
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $39.00
The Gauchos are a big 8-point favorite against the Waves, according to the latest college basketball odds.
Bettors have moved against the Gauchos slightly, as the game opened with the Gauchos as a 10-point favorite.
Santa Barbara have won both of the games they've played against Pepperdine in the last seven years.
- Dec 19, 2020 - Santa Barbara 75 vs. Pepperdine 63
- Nov 20, 2017 - Santa Barbara 92 vs. Pepperdine 84