Utah State vs. Santa Clara - 11/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Santa Clara Broncos (2-0) at Utah State Aggies (2-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
The Line: Utah State Aggies -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Utah State Aggies and the Santa Clara Broncos face off on Wednesday in college basketball action.
The Utah State Aggies have started their season 2-0 with wins over Weber State and at Illinois State. Utah State trailed by seven points at Illinois State but they rallied for the win in the second half. Utah State is averaging 66 points per game shooting 44.9 percent from the floor and 31.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they allow 58 points per game and their opponents shoot 35.3 percent. David Collette leads Utah State averaging 19.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, Jalen Moore is averaging 14 points and 8.5 rebounds, and Darius Perkins is averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 assists. Utah State has been outrebounded by their opponents on average 31.5-37.5.
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The Santa Clara Broncos are off to a 2-0 start beating Cal State Fullerton in their first game and San Diego Christian in their second. Santa Clara is averaging 89 points shooting 49.1 percent and 68.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 58 points and heir opponents shoot 35.3 percent. Brandon Clark leads Santa Clara averaging 26 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.0 assists, Jared Brownridge is averaging 12.5 points, and Denzel Johnson is averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Santa Clara has lost he rebound battle on average by 36-39.
Utah State is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 16-16-2 against the spread in their last 24 home games, and 11-5 against the spread against the West Coast Conference. Santa Clara is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, and 4-9 against the spread following a win. Utah State has covered the point spread in their last four games with Santa Clara.
Both of these teams are good but I am a believer in defense over offense and I give Utah State the edge in defense and I like them to cover the diminishing number here.