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Santa Clara Broncos vs. BYU Cougars Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/18/14

BYU Cougars (12-7) at Santa Clara Broncos (10-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Leavey Center)

The Line: Santa Clara Broncos +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Santa Clara Broncos and the BYU Cougars face off on Saturday Night in WCC college basketball action.

The Santa Clara Broncos have lost their last two games and they are 3-4 in WCC play thus far. Santa Clara is 6-3 at home this season and they have played the 150th ranked schedule in the country. Brandon Clark is averaging 17.6 points per game to lead the Broncos. Jared Brownridge is averaging 15.9 points, Evan Roquemore is averaging 11.6 points, and Jerry Brown Jr. is averaging 8.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. Santa Clara is averaging 71.6 points and they are shooting 43.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.4 points and their opponents are shooting 46 percent. Santa Clara is in seventh place in the conference standings.

Santa Clara Broncos vs. BYU Cougars Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/18/14

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The BYU Cougars are have won their last four games in a row and after a rough start appear to be putting it together. BYU is 4-6 away from home and 4-2 in WCC play thus far. Tyler Haws is averaging 22.6 points to lead the Cougars. Matt Calino is averaging 14.6 points, Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 13.8 points and 8.2 rebounds, and Eric Mika is averaging 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. BYU is averaging 87.1 points and they are shooting 46.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 77.5 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. BYU has played the 10th ranked schedule in the country going 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25.

Santa Clara is 9-25 against the spread in their last 34 home games and 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 Saturday games. BYU is 15-35-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread. BYU has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.

BYU is favored here on the road and for good reason and while I see Santa Clara putting up a fight, it just isn’t enough. 

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BYU Cougars -6

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