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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Santa Clara Broncos Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/28/13

Santa Clara Broncos (7-6) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)

The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Santa Clara Broncos face off on Saturday in their WCC opener for this season.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are coming off of a 10 point loss to Kansas State but they are still ranked 24th in the nation. The Zags are 6-0 at home this season with both of their losses coming on a neutral court. Kevin Pangos leads the Bulldogs averaging 18.3 points and 4.4 assists. Sam Dower is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, Gary Bell is averaging 13.5 points, and David Stockton is averaging 6.2 points and 4.7 assists per game. Gonzaga is averaging 85.3 points and they are shooting 52.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Gonzaga is looking like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament again this season.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Santa Clara Broncos Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/28/13

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The Santa Clara Broncos have won four of their last five games but they are just 1-3 on the road this season. Santa Clara has faced the 250th ranked schedule in the nation, easier than they will see in WCC play this season. Brandon Clark leads the Broncos averaging 15.8 points per game. Jared Brownridge is averaging 14.7 points, Evan Roquemore is averaging 11.3 points, and Jerry Brown Jr. is averaging 9.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Santa Clara is averaging 73.7 points and they are shooting 43.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.5 points and their opponents are shooting 45.9 percent. The Broncos haven’t beaten a team with a RPI better than 200.

Gonzaga is 5-0-1 against the spread following a loss, 4-1-1 against the spread against the WCC< and 11-2-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Santa Clara is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine WCC games, and 5-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The home team has covered the point spread in nine of the last 11 meetings of these two.

Look for Gonzaga to make a statement in their conference opener and to cover this big number. 

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