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Santa Clara Broncos vs. Pepperdine Waves Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

Pepperdine Waves (9-5) at Santa Clara Broncos (8-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Leavey Center)

The Line: Santa Clara Broncos -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Santa Clara Broncos and the Pepperdine Waves face off on Thursday in a WCC college basketball matchup.

The Santa Clara Broncos are off to a 8-7 start to the season and they are 1-1 in West Coast Conference play. Santa Clara is 5-1 at home this season but this is their first conference home game. Brandon Clark leads the Broncos averaging 16.5 points per game. Jared Brownridge is averaging 14.9 points, Evan Roquemore is averaging 12 points, and Jerry Brown Jr. is averaging 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Santa Clara is averaging 72.9 points and they are shooting 43.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.9 points and their opponents are shooting 45.6 percent. Overall Santa Clara has played the 174th ranked schedule and it will get tougher as the season continues.

Santa Clara Broncos vs. Pepperdine Waves Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

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The Pepperdine Waves have won three in a row and are a perfect 2-0 thus far in WCC play. Pepperdine has played three consecutive home games and this is their first of four in a row on the road. Stacy Davis is averaging 15.6 points and 7.7 rebounds to lead the Waves. Brendon Lane is averaging 14.9 points and 7.9 rebounds, Jeremy Major is averaging 11.6 points, and Malcolm Brooks is averaging 9.7 points. Pepperdine is averaging 73.6 points and they are shooting 48.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 71 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. Pepperdine has played the 241st ranked schedule but it gets a lot tougher as the weeks go on.

Santa Clara is 8-23 against the spread in their last 31 home games, 5-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread following a win. Pepperdine is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 games. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.

Pepperdine isn’t getting a lot of respect here but the numbers suggest a cover for the Waves.

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