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Santa Clara Broncos vs. St. Mary's Gaels - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Mary's Gaels (9-1) at Santa Clara Broncos (4-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Leavey Center)

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

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The St. Mary’s Gaels will travel to play the Santa Clara Broncos in a West Coast Conference Game.

The Santa Clara Broncos are 4-9 and are coming off of a loss to Pacific by a score of 73-72 in overtime. Santa Clara was leading in overtime but lost on a last second three-pointer by Pacific. Jared Brownridge had 36 points and 4 rebounds for Santa Clara. Kai Healy added 8 points and 5 rebounds for the Broncos. Santa Clara out rebounded their opponent by a total of 33-32 and had 17 assists in their defeat. Santa Clara is averaging 64.5 points per game while giving up 67.6 points per game. Santa Clara is also averaging 35.5 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per game. Jared Brownridge is averaging 20.2 points per game and 4 rebounds per game, while Nate Kratch added 11.9 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game for Santa Clara. Santa Clara is shooting 70.5% on free throws, 33.9% on three-pointers, and 40.5% on all field goal attempts.

Santa Clara Broncos vs. St. Mary's Gaels - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Saint Mary’s Gaels are 9-1 and are coming off of a win against San Francisco by a score of 74-52. Saint Mary’s led by 15 points at halftime and increased their lead in the second half for the blowout win. Evan Fitzner had 20 points and 9 rebounds for Saint Mary’s. Dane Pineau added 8 points and 14 rebounds for the Gaels. St. Mary’s out rebounded their opponent by a total of 41-38 and had 17 assists in their victory. St. Mary’s is averaging 81 points per game while giving up 58 points per game. St. Mary’s is also averaging 37.8 rebounds per game and 20.9 assists per game. Emmett Naar is averaging 14.9 points per game and 6.9 assists per game, while Joe Rahon is averaging 11 points per game and 6.9 assists per game for St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s is shooting 66.4% on free throws, 47.3% on three-pointers, and 54.2% on all field goal attempts.

St. Mary’s is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games. St. Mary’s is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 conference games. The under is 4-1 in St. Mary’s last 5 games. Santa Clara is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. Santa Clara is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games. The over is 7-2 in Santa Clara’s last 9 games.

St. Mary’s is playing great basketball right now and is led by one of the best defenses in the nation. With their defense, St. Mary’s is scoring over 80 points per game, making the Gaels a very tough team to play. Santa Clara has struggled to start the season and have struggled to score consistently. I like St. Mary’s in this game.

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