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San Diego vs. Santa Clara - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Clara Broncos (8-9) at San Diego Toreros (8-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Jenny Craig Pavilion)

The Line: San Diego Toreros +1.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Campus Insiders

The Santa Clara Broncos will travel to Jenny Craig Pavilion to take on the San Diego Toreros this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Santa Clara Broncos fell to 8-9 (2-2 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Loyola Marymount Lions, 66-56, this past Saturday. Santa Clara played the Lions tough throughout the game however, struggled offensively over the last 4:44 of regulation and allowed Loyola Marymount to pull away with a 12-3 run to finish the game. Santa Clara shot just 36.8% from the field and 26.7% (8-30) in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncos was KJ Feagin who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 67.3 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Santa Clara has been led by Jared Brownridge (17.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg), KJ Feagin (14.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.0 spg), Nate Kratch (10.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Matt Hauser (10.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 5.3 apg). Defensively, Santa Clara is holding their opponents to an average of 65.1 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of -3.4 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

San Diego vs. Santa Clara - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego Toreros snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 8-8 (1-3 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Pepperdine Waves, 76-68, this past Saturday. San Diego used a 15-3 run to start the 2nd half to take a 52-39 lead in which they wouldn’t give up. San Diego shot 48.2% from the field and outrebounded Pepperdine by a 40-27 margin. Leading the way for the Toreros was Tyler Williams who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, San Diego is averaging 71.9 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Toreros are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego has been led by Brett Bailey (17.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), Olin Carter III (16.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), Cameron Neubauer (9.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Tyler Williams (9.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.2 apg). Defensively, San Diego is allowing their opponents to average 73.5 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. San Diego has a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Toreros are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. WCC opponents.

Santa Clara is 5-3 over their last 8 games and has been solid on the defensive end this season as the Broncos rank 42nd in scoring defense and 60th in turnover margin. Portland Struggled at the beginning of conference play with road games against San Francisco and St. Mary’s however, the Toreros have won 6 of their last 9 games and has been decent on the offensive end as they rank T-77th in three-pointers made per game and 24th in Free-Throw %. Santa Clara has played much better competition this season than San Diego and as I think the Broncos defense will give San Diego some trouble, I’m taking Santa Clara to cover this small road spread. 

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