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St. Mary's vs. Santa Clara - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Clara Broncos (5-6) at St. Mary's Gaels (7-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)

The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Bay

The St. Mary’s Gaels and the Santa Clara Broncos face off on Saturday at McKeon Pavilion in their West Coast Conference openers.

The St. Mary’s Gaels are 7-3 this season and are coming off of a win that ended a two game losing skid. Saint Mary’s is averaging 71.9 points and they are shooting 45.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.4 percent. Brad Waldow leads the Gaels averaging 21.7 points and 10.7 rebounds. Kerry Carter Is averaging 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, Aaron Bright is averaging 12.5 points and Dane Pineau is averaging 6.8 points. St. Mary’s is always a contender to win it all in the West Coast Conference.

St. Mary's vs. Santa Clara - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Santa Clara Broncos are 5-6 this season and have lost their last two games. Santa Clara is averaging 63.1 points and they are shooting 41.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 6.5 points and their opponents are shooting 4.9 percent. Brandon Clark leads the Broncos averaging 16.2 points per game. Jared Brownridge is averaging 16 points, Denzel Johnson is averaging 7.8 points, and Matt Hubbard is averaging 7.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. Santa Clara is 1-2 in road games this season.

St. Mary’s is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 2-5 against the spread against the WCC, and 4-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Santa Clara is 1-3-1 against the spread following a loss, 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-3-1 against the spread following a loss. The favorite is 5-2-2 against the spread in the last nine meetings of these two.

I am far from sold on St. Mary’s and laying this number isn’t something I am comfortable with. 

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Santa Clara Broncos +11.5

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