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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Santa Clara Broncos - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Clara Broncos (7-14) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (15-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)

The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Santa Clara Broncos will travel to play the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a WCC game on Thursday.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 15-5 (7-2) and are coming off of a win against Pacific by a score of 71-61. Gonzaga has won 2 of their last 3 games and is currently in 2nd place of the WCC standings. Gonzaga has conference losses to Saint Mary’s and BYU. Gonzaga is averaging 79.1 points per game while giving up 66.1 points per game. Gonzaga is also averaging 41 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per game. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 21.7 points per game and 7 rebounds per game for Gonzaga. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 17.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga is shooting 73.6% on free throws, 37.8% on three-pointers, and 49.1% on all field goal attempts.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Santa Clara Broncos - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Santa Clara Broncos are 7-14 (3-6) and are coming off of a loss to San Francisco by a score of 74-61. Santa Clara has lost 2 games in a row and is currently tied for 7th in the WCC standings. Santa Clara is averaging 65.4 points per game while giving up 70.3 points per game. Santa Clara is also averaging 34.1 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game. Jared Brownridge is averaging 19.4 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game for Santa Clara. Nate Kratch is averaging 10.7 points per game and 9 rebounds per game for the Broncos. Santa Clara is shooting 70.5% on free throws, 34.2% on three-pointers, and 41.3% on all field goal attempts.

Gonzaga defeated Santa Clara by a score of 79-77 on December 31. Gonzaga led by 2 points at halftime and was able to hold off Santa Clara in the second half. Josh Perkins led Gonzaga with 26 points and 4 rebounds. Jared Brownridge led Santa Clara with 26 points and 2 rebounds. These two teams tied in rebounding with 30 rebounds each.

Santa Clara is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. Santa Clara 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home. The over is 8-2 in Santa Clara’s last 10 road games. Gonzaga is 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games. Gonzaga is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win. The over is 5-1 in Gonzaga’s last 6 home games. Santa Clara is 6-0 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.

Gonzaga is the clear better team in this matchup and should win this game easily. Gonzaga has struggled a little bit in conference play, despite only losing 2 games. Santa Clara has found success against the spread in this matchup, going 6-0 ATS in their last 6 matchups with Gonzaga. I like Gonzaga to win this game, but I think Santa Clara will keep it closer than most people think.

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Santa Clara Broncos +18.5

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