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Santa Clara Broncos vs. Pacific Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14

Pacific Tigers (14-11) at Santa Clara Broncos (11-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Leavey Center)

The Line: Santa Clara Broncos 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Pacific hopes to avoid consecutive losses when they take the road to face Santa Clara at the Leavey Center Thursday.

The Breakdown: The Tigers dropped to 5-9 for 4th place in the WCC after suffering a 70-55 home loss to San Diego Saturday. Pacific shot a dismal 38.3 percent from the floor and 20.0 percent from outside the arc to San Diego’s 48.8 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from distance. The Tigers were also dominated on the boards 36-22 and failed to capitalize on 18 Toreros’ turnovers. Senior G Tony Gill scored a team-high 16 points, senior G Sama Taku had 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting, and senior G Andrew Bock added 7 points. Through 25 games, Pacific is averaging 75.3 ppg on 45.1 percent shooting. Bock leads the team in scoring with 12.2 ppg, followed by Gill at 11.9 ppg.

Santa Clara Broncos vs. Pacific Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14

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Meanwhile, Santa Clara sits in 9th place in the conference at 5-9 and comes in off a 69-63 loss to San Francisco Saturday. The Broncos outshot the Dons from the floor 40.0 percent to 37.5 percent and from outside the arc 32.0 percent to 30.0 percent, but conceded a 43-36 rebounding advantage.  Junior G Brandon Clark scored a team-high 15 points on 6 of 14 shooting, freshman G Jared Brownridge had 14 points and 4 rebounds, and senior G Evan Roquemore added 13 points off the bench. On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 70.5 ppg on 42.5 percent shooting. Clark leads the team in scoring with 17.0 ppg, followed by Brownridge at 16.7 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at a PK. Pacific handed a Santa Clara a 80-68 defeat a little over a month ago and the Broncos have gone 1-7 since. The Tigers haven’t fared much that much better at 4-5, but they did upset BYU and beat a good Pepperdine team. Still  not sure what the oddsmakers are thinking here. Look for Pacific to sweep the season series.

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