Santa Clara Broncos vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14
Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-3) at Santa Clara Broncos (10-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Leavey Center)
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos +11. -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Gonzaga looks for five straight in the WCC when they take the road to face off with Santa Clara Wednesday.
The Breakdown: Gonzaga sits atop the conference in sole possession of first place, improving to 8-1 after an 84-69 handling of BYU Saturday. Junior G Kevin Pangos scored a game-high 24 points to go along with 7 assists, senior C Sam Dower had 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting and senior G David Stockton added 14 points and 7 assists. The Bulldogs shot 57.4 percent from the field and connected on 10 of 22 from outside the arc, while the Cougars shot 44.8 percent from the floor and hit just 2 of 11 from distance. Gonzaga was outrebounded 33-26, but made 12 of 12 from the free throw line to BYU’s 15 of 21. On the season, the Zags are averaging 80.7 ppg on 51.5 percent shooting. Pangos leads the team in scoring with 16.3 ppg, followed by Dower at 14.4 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Santa Clara fell to 3-6 for 7th place in the conference after losing its fourth straight 75-66 to San Francisco Saturday. The Broncos were outshot from the field 49.0 percent to 39.0 percent, but connected on 6 of 20 from outside the arc to the Dons’ 4 of 18. The Broncos were also outrebounded handily 41-24. Freshman G Jared Brownridge scored a game-high 30 points, connecting on 5 of 10 from downtown and 9 of 10 from the free throw line and junior G Brandon Clark added 12 points and 4 assists. Through 22 games, Santa Clara is averaging 71.8 ppg on 43.2 percent shooting. Clark leads the team with 17.4 ppg, followed by Brownridge at 17.2 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -11.5 for Gonzaga and the Zags beat Santa Clara decisively last time around 74-60 on the road. The Broncos are slumping and just don’t appear to matchup well with the bulldogs, scoring almost 10 points less per outing and shooting at about an 8 percent lower clip. Look for the Zags to cover.