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Portland Pilots vs. Santa Clara Broncos - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Clara Broncos (7-8) at Portland Pilots (10-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)

The Line: Portland Pilots -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Santa Clara Broncos will travel to the Chiles Center to take on the Portland Pilots this Thursday night.

The Santa Clara Broncos improved to 7-8 (2-2 WCC) on the season after defeating the San Diego Toreros 59-56 this past Saturday. The Broncos shot 75.0% (15-20) from the free-throw line and outrebounded the Toreros by a 35-22 margin. Leading the way for Santa Clara was Matt Hubbard who had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Broncos are currently ranked 146th in the RPI Standings and have played the 74th ranked SOS. On the season, Santa Clara have been led by Brandon Clark (15.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.1 apg) and Jared Brownridge (14.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg). The Broncos are averaging 61.5 ppg (ranked 300th) on 41.7% shooting (ranked 255th). Santa Clara protects the ball well on offensive as they are averaging just 11.1 turnovers per game (ranked 33rd). Defensively, the Broncos are holding their opponents to an average of 64.9 ppg (ranked 154th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 259th). Santa Clara grabs 30.07 total rpg (ranked 329th) and has a rebound margin of -4.2 (ranked 312th).

Portland Pilots vs. Santa Clara Broncos - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Pilots dropped to 10-5 (1-2 WCC) on the season after losing to the 7th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs this past Saturday. The Pilots allowed the Bulldogs to shot 56.9% from the field and 82.1% (23-28) from the free-throw line. Leading the way for Portland was Alec Wintering who had 20 points and 8 assists. The Pilots are ranked 101st in the RPI Standings and have played the 129th ranked SOS. On the season, Portland has been led by Alec Wintering (13.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.4 spg) and Kevin Bailey (11.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.3 apg). The Pilots are averaging 73.4 ppg (ranked 63rd) on 45.5% shooting (ranked 88th). Portland has a 1.22 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 66th) and shoots 74.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 22nd). Defensively, the Pilots are allowing their opponents to average 67.1 ppg (ranked 202nd) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 179th). Portland is averaging 11.8 offensive rpg (ranked 110th), 25.6 defensive rpg (ranked 91st), and 37.4 total rpg (ranked 77th).

The Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the WCC and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Pilots are 9-2-1ATS in their last 12 games vs. the WCC and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall.

Portland wasn’t able to defeat either BYU or Gonzaga in their past two games, however, they were competitive in both. Santa Clara picked up a much needed WCC win after beating San Diego however, haven’t been real competitive against top-tier teams as they are 0-5 against teams ranked in the top-100 of the RPI Standings. I like Portland’s size advantage in this one and I think they will run away in the second half of this one to win by double-digits. Take Portland to cover the spread.   

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Portland Pilots -8.5

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