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Vegas Play of the Day: UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine

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UC Santa Barbara guard Zalmico Harmon grabs a rebound from UNLV forward Khem Birch during their game Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.

Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.

UC Santa Barbara plus-4 at UC Irvine: $330 to win $300

The last time these two teams met, UC Santa Barbara’s Alan Williams scored 26 in a 20-point home victory. That started the Gauchos’ current 6-1 streak that I think will help carry them at least to a close loss.

I like the revenge factor for UC Irvine but not enough for the Anteaters to cover. Their defense is arguably the best in the Big West. Still, I don’t think they’re going to be able to keep Williams and the Gauchos at bay the entire game.

I see this as either a six-point UCSB win or a game that comes down to the final possession. Either way, I like the team getting four points.

Standings: Bern (13-6, $11,720), Keefer (6-9, $8,497), Brewer (5-10-2, $6,910)

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