Pepperdine vs. Santa Clara - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Santa Clara Broncos (10-17) at Pepperdine Waves (16-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Line: Pepperdine Waves -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Comcast Sportnet California
The Pepperdine Waves and the Santa Clara Broncos face off on Saturday in West Coast Conference college basketball action.
The Pepperdine Waves are 16-11 this season and they are coming off of a loss to San Francisco that ended a two game winning streak. Pepperdine is averaging 71.5 points per game and they are shooting 44.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents are shooting 43.8 percent. Lamond Murray Jr. leads the Waves averaging 15.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Stacy Davis is averaging 15 points and 8.8 rebounds, Jett Raines is averaging 12.7 points, and Jeremy Major is averaging 8.9 points. Pepperdine is 9-3 at home and 9-7 in West Coast Conference play.
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The Santa Clara Broncos are 10-17 this season and they have won two of their last three games. Santa Clara is averaging 67.5 points per game and they are shooting 41.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43.7 percent. Jared Brownridge leads the Broncos averaging 20 points per game. K.J. Feagin is averaging 11.3 points, Nate Kratch is averaging 9.5 points and 8.2 rebounds, and Kai Healy is averaging 5.9 points. Santa Clara is 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 6-9 in WCC play.
Pepperdine is 7-3 against the spread against the WCC, 4-9 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, and 35-15-2 in Saturday games. Santa Clara is 5-0 against the spread in their last five road games and 5-0 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record. The underdog has covered the point spread in seven of the last eight meetings of these two teams.
Santa Clara seems to have the cover down against Pepperdine so I will take them here.