Pacific vs. Santa Clara - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Santa Clara Broncos (5-7) at Pacific Tigers (8-5)
College Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Spanos Center)
The Line: Pacific Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Santa Clara Broncos and Pacific Tigers meet Monday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Santa Clara Broncos have split their last six games and are playing their fifth true road game. On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 62.8 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 67.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Brandon Clark is averaging 16.8 points and 4.2 assists while Jared Brownridge is averaging 15.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Matt Hubbard is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Denzel Johnson is shooting 38.2 percent from the field. The Santa Clara Broncos are trying to figure themselves out, especially on the offensive end where they’re shooting 72 percent from the free throw line and 35.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Santa Clara is forcing 12.6 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 36.7 percent from downtown.
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The Pacific Tigers have won five of their last seven games and play their fifth straight home contest. On the season, Pacific is averaging 66.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 69 points on 44.1 percent shooting. T.J. Wallace is averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while Dulani Robinson is averaging 11.4 points and 3.2 assists. Eric Thompson is shooting 64.1 percent from the field and Gabriel Aguirre is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Pacific Tigers are a balanced team that has seven players averaging at least 5.8 points while shooting 64 percent from the line and 37.5 percent from deep. Pacific has topped 70 points in four of its last six games. Defensively, Pacific is forcing 9.4 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to shoot 30.7 percent from downtown.
The Broncos are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss. The Tigers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. West Coast.
Pacific has shown a lot more consistency over the last few weeks and has more firepower on the offensive end. When you add in the home crowd, I like the Tigers to get the cover here.