Santa Clara vs. Portland - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Pilots (8-8) at Santa Clara Broncos (4-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Leavey Center)
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN Bay Area
The Portland Pilots and Santa Clara Broncos square off Saturday night at the Leavey Center.
The Portland Pilots could use a nice victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Portland Pilots are averaging 78.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 74.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Alec Wintering is averaging 16.2 points and 5.9 assists while Bryce Pressley is averaging 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds. Jarrel Marshall is dishing 1.3 assists and Gabe Taylor is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Portland Pilots are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. Portland is allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game. The Portland Pilots have lost 10 of their last 16 road games.
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The Santa Clara Broncos need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Santa Clara Broncos are averaging 64.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Jared Brownridge is averaging 19.9 points and 2.8 assists while Nate Kratch is averaging 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds. KJ Feagin is dishing 4.1 assists and Matt Hubbard is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Santa Clara Broncos are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. Santa Clara is allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Santa Clara Broncos have lost six of their last 10 home games.
The Pilots are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Broncos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pilots are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Santa Clara and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
Portland has owned Santa Clara ATS over the years and is currently in better form. In a toss-up game, I'm siding with the Pilots on the road.