San Jose State vs. Santa Clara - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Santa Clara Broncos (3-4) at San Jose State Spartans (1-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm (The Event Center)
The Line: San Jose State Spartans +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Santa Clara Broncos and San Jose State Spartans play Saturday night at the Event Center.
The Santa Clara Broncos have lost four of their last five games and will play their third true road contest. On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 60.7 points on 40.3 percent shooting and is allowing 66.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Brandon Clark is averaging 18.3 points and 4.3 assists while Jared Brownridge is averaging 13.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Denzel Johnson is grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game and Matt Hubbard is shooting 45 percent from the field. The Santa Clara Broncos are a slow paced team that takes less than 50 shots per game and tries to win games with their defense that’s allowed 66 or less points in five of their last six games. Emmanuel Ndumanya, who leads Santa Clara with seven rebounds per game, is questionable with a foot injury.
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The San Jose State Spartans have lost seven straight games and are clearly in for another long year. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 57.7 points on 38.4 percent shooting and is allowing 71.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Jordan Baker leads San Jose State with 10.9 points and 3.9 assists while Rashad Muhammad is averaging 10.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Frank Rogers is the third SJSU player to average double-digit points and Jaleel Williams is shooting 47.5 percent from the field. The San Jose State Spartans are painful to watch offensively, averaging 15 turnovers per game and shooting 32.3 percent from deep. Defensively, San Jose State is allowing teams to shoot 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and has allowed 70 or more points in four of its last five games.
The Broncos are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spartans are 15-37-1 ATS in their last 53 home games and 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Broncos are 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in San Jose State and the road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
I can't back San Jose State for anything, as the Spartans are brutal at both ends of the court. Santa Clara has more talent, has been playing better basketball and should cover this reasonable number.