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Santa Clara vs. UC Irvine - 11/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Irvine Anteaters (3-4) at Santa Clara Broncos (3-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Leavey Center)

The Line: Santa Clara Broncos -1 -- Over/Under: 126 See the Latest Odds

TV: Campus Insiders

The UC Irvine Anteaters will travel to the Leavey center to take on the Santa Clara Broncos this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The UC Irvine Anteaters lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 72-66, this past Sunday. UC Irvine went into halftime with a 34-31 halftime lead, however, allowed the Buccaneers to use a 8-0 run midway through the 2nd half to take a 63-55 lead in which the Anteaters couldn’t fight back from. UC Irvine allowed East Tennessee State to shoot 46.7% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 18-15 margin. Leading the way for UC Irvine was Ioannis Dimakopoulos who had 21 points and 9 rebounds. On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 61.7 ppg on 39.4% shooting from the field. The Anteaters are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 29.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UC Irvine has been led by Jaron Martin (14.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.6 apg), Ioannis Dimakopoulos (10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg), Max Hazzard (6.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Eyassu Worku (6.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, UC Irvine is holding their opponents to an average of 64.0 ppg on 35.8% shooting from the field.

Santa Clara vs. UC Irvine - 11/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Santa Clara Broncos lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the Vanderbilt Commodores, 76-66, this past Friday. Santa Clara used a 21-5 run to start the 2nd half to fight back from a 41-23 halftime deficit, however, couldn’t get any closer and allowed the Commodores to pull away towards the end of regulation. Santa Clara struggled defensively as they allowed Vanderbilt to shoot 50.0% from the field and 53.6% (15-28) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Broncos was Jared Brownridge who had 36 points and 2 assists. On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 69.3 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Santa Clara has been led by Jared Brownridge (20.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Jarvis Pugh (13.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Nate Kratch (9.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg), and Henrik Jadersten (8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg). Defensively, Santa Clara is allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field.

The Anteaters are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Broncos are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games and 6-22 ATS in their last 28 games vs. Big West opponents.

UC Irvine is a young team and has struggled on the offensive end to begin the season as their only returning starter from their 28-10 team, Luke Nelson (13.7 ppg), hasn’t played this season due to a hamstring injury. Santa Clara has an experienced team as they returned all five starters however, are very thin in the frontcourt and come into this matchup with a -6.7 rebound margin. This has all the makings of a very low scoring game however, if the Anteaters are still without Luke Nelson, I like Santa Clara to cover this small home spread. 

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