Pepperdine Waves vs. Santa Clara Broncos Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/1/14
Santa Clara Broncos (12-18) at Pepperdine Waves (15-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Line: Pepperdine Waves -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Pepperdine hopes to end the season on a high note when it hosts slumping Santa Clara Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Waves dropped to 8-9 for 5th place in the WCC after a 77-53 loss to San Francisco Thursday. Pepperdine shot 33.3 percent from the floor and 12.5 percent from outside the arc to the Dons’ 50.9 percent from the floor and 43.5 percent from distance. The Waves also conceded 34-25 advantage on the boards. Sophomore F Stacy Davis scored a team-high 15 points off the bench, junior G Malcolm Brooks had 11 points and 4 assists, and freshman G Lamond Murray added 10 points off the bench. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 71.0 ppg on 45.6 percent shooting. Davis leads the team with 15.1 ppg, followed by senior F Brendan Lane at 13.3 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Santa Clara sits in 8th place in the conference at 5-12 and come in off a narrow 75-71 defeat at Loyola Marymount Thursday. Senior G Evan Roquemore scored a team-high 19 points to go with 5 assists off the bench, junior G Brandon Clark had 17 points and 4 steals, and freshman G Jared Brownridge added 12 points. The Broncos connected on 45.5 percent from the floor 45.5 and 36.8 percent from outside the arc to the Lions’ 45.5 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from distance and also committed a whopping 20 turnovers. Through 30 games, Santa Clara is averaging 66.9 ppg on 42.2 percent shooting. Clark leads the team with 17.0 ppg, followed by Brownridge at 16.2 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -6.5 for Pepperdine, which looks about right, considering the Waves topped Santa Clara by 9 on the road last time around.