Santa Clara Broncos vs. Portland Pilots Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14
Portland Pilots (12-10) at Santa Clara Broncos (10-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Leavey Center)
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Portland and Santa Clara both look to end losing streaks when they square off at the Leavey Center Saturday.
The Breakdown: Portland sits in sixth place in the WCC, falling to 4-6 after an 84-71 loss to San Francisco Wednesday for its second straight defeat. Freshman G Alec Wintering and sophomore G Bryce Pressley scored 14 points apiece and junior G Kevin Bailey added 10 points on 4 of 9 shooting. The Pilots connected on 26 of 53 from the floor and 10 of 20 from outside the arc to the Dons 27 of 48 from the field and 7 of 16 from downtown. Portland also conceded a 32-24 rebounding advantage and committed 11 turnovers. On the season, the Pilots are averaging 78.1 ppg on 45.6 percent shooting. Bailey leads the team in scoring with 16.9 ppg, followed by senior F Ryan Nicholas at 12.4 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Santa Clara is tied for 8th place in the conference with a record of 3-7. The Broncos suffered their fifth consecutive loss in a 54-52 heartbreaker to Gonzaga Wednesday when Bulldog C Sam Dower hit a three-pointer with 1 second left on the clock. Both sides struggled from the floor, with Santa Clara topping the Zags from the field 36.0 percent to 34.8 percent, but connecting on just 5 of 18 from distance to the Bulldogs’ 5 of 12. The Broncos came away with a narrow 33-32 advantage on the boards and hit 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Senior G Evan Roquemore scored a team-high 15 points off the bench and junior G Brandon Clark added 12 points. Through 23 games, Santa Clara is averaging 70.9 ppg on 42.9 percent shooting. Clark leads the team with 17.2 ppg, followed by freshman G Jared Brownridge at 16.7 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -2 for Santa Clara. The Broncos topped Portland by 8 on the road a month ago, but Portland has more firepower on paper, averaging close to 8 more points per game as well as shooting more accurately. The points look like the play here.