BYU vs. Santa Clara - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Santa Clara Broncos (14-17) at BYU Cougars (23-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:25 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: BYU Cougars -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The BYU Cougars and the Santa Clara Broncos face off on Saturday at the Orleans Arena in a semi-final matchup in the West Coast Conference college basketball tournament.
The BYU Cougars are 23-8 this season and had a bye thus far in the WCC Tourney. BYU is averaging 84 points and they are shooting 46.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.9 points and their opponents are shooting 43.3 percent. Tyler Haws leads the Cougars averaging 21.9 points per game. Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 13.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists, Anson Winder is averaging 13.3 points, and Chase Fischer is averaging 13 points. BYU is 2-2 in neutral court games this season and 13-5 in the WCC.
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The Santa Clara Broncos are 14-17 this season and they advanced to this game with a 31-point beat down win over Loyola Marymount on Friday. Santa Clara is averaging 62.9 points and they are shooting 42.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44.9 percent. Brandon Clark leads the Broncos averaging 15.6 points per game. Jared Brownridge is averaging 15.5 points, Denzel Johnson is averaging 8.5 points, and Matt Hubbard is averaging 6.9 points. Santa Clara is 2-2 in neutral site games and 8-11 in the WCC.
BYU is 5-0 against the spread following a win, 6-0 against the spread in their last six games, and 21-43 against the spread in their last 64 neutral site games. Santa Clara is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games, 1-4 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points, and 6-2 against the spread in Saturday games. The favorite has covered the point spread in the four of the last five meetings of these two.
BYU stomped Santa Clara in their last meeting by 21 points back on January 31st of this year and with the Cougars favored by 12.5 here they are my choice.