Pacific Tigers vs. Santa Clara Broncos Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/6/14
Santa Clara Broncos (13-18) at Pacific Tigers (15-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Pacific Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Pacific and Santa Clara square off in the first round of the WCC Tournament Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Tigers finished the regular season in 8th place in the conference at 6-12 and come in off a narrow 68-65 victory over Portland in the season finale Saturday. Senior F Tevin Harris scored a game-high 19 points, senior G Andrew Bock had 11 points and 6 assists, and senior F Tony Gill added 9 points and 7 rebounds. Pacific shot 40.4 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from behind the arc to the Pilots’ 45.1 percent from the floor and 27.8 percent from downtown, while also finishing with a 34-30 advantage on the glass and converting 12 of 13 from the free throw line. The Tigers ended 2013-14 averaging 72.8 ppg, 34.9 rpg, 12.3 apg, and shooting 43.9 percent from the field.
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Meanwhile, Santa Clara ended its campaign tied with Pacific for 8th place in the WCC at 6-12, including an 86-78 victory over Pepperdine Saturday in the finale behind a career-high 38 points from freshman G Jared Brownridge. Brownridge also finished with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Junior G Brandon Clark had 18 points and 8 assists, and senior F Jerry Brown added 11 points and 6 rebounds. The Broncos shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from outside the arc to the Waves’ 44.6 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from distance. SCU also edged Pepperdine on the boards 38-36 and converted 23 of 31 from the stripe. The Broncos finished 2013-14 averaging 70.5 ppg, 32.2 rpg, 12.4 apg, and shooting 42.2 percent from the field.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -4 for Pacific. SCU split with the Tigers, coming away with a 20-point victory over Pacific two weeks ago after losing to them by 12 the first time around. Still, though, look for the Tigers to cover.