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Santa Clara Broncos vs. BYU Cougars - 1/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

BYU Cougars (11-4) at Santa Clara Broncos (6-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Leavey Center)

The Line: Santa Clara Broncos +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The BYU Cougars will travel to the Leavey Center to take on the Santa Clara Broncos this Thursday evening.

The BYU Cougars improved to 11-4 (1-1 WCC) with a 97-88 victory over the Portland Pilots this past Monday after dropping their WCC opener against the 8th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs this past Saturday.  BYU shot an impressive 50.8% from the field and had three payers score 20+ points in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Tyler Haws who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. BYU is currently ranked 38th in the RPI Standings and have played the 15th ranked SOS. On the season, BYU have been led by Tyler Haws (22.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg), Anson Winder (14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg), and Kyle Collinsworth (13.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5.6 apg, 2.2 spg).  BYU is currently averaging 88.1 ppg (ranked 1st) on 46.9% shooting (ranked 61st). The Cougars average 8.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 17th) on 38.1% three-point shooting (ranked 55th). BYU gets it down at the free-throw line as they are currently shooting 76.7% as a team (ranked 6th). Defensively, the Cougars are allowing their opponents to score an average of 75.9 ppg (ranked 329th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 226th).

Santa Clara Broncos vs. BYU Cougars - 1/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Santa Clara Broncos snapped a 3 game losing streak with a 57-40 victory over the Pacific Tigers this past Monday to improve to 6-7 (1-1 WCC) on the season. The Broncos gave a solid defensive effort in the victory as they were able to hold the Tigers to just 28.9% shooting from the field and outrebounded Pacific by a 34-24 margin. Leading the way for the Broncos was Brandon Clark who had 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Santa Clara is currently ranked 178th in the RPI Standings and has played the 147th ranked SOS. On the season, the Broncos have been led by Brandon Clark (16.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.3 apg), Jared Brownridge (15.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), and Denzel Johnson (8.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.7 spg). Offensively, Santa Clara is averaging 62.9 ppg (ranked 281st) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 218th). The Broncos average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 100th). Defensively, Santa Clara is allowing their opponents to score an average of 64.3 ppg (ranked 140th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 236th). The Broncos will look to improve their rebounding as currently they are averaging 20.69 defensive rpg (ranked 322nd) and 29.85 total rpg (ranked 330th).

The Cougars are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win however, just 13-31 ATS in their last 44 home games.

If Santa Clara is going to have a chance in this game they will need to ensure that they dictate the pace so BYU doesn’t run them off their own floor. Santa Clara does shoot the ball well from outside which should keep them in this one for a bit however, they are an awful rebounding team and this will allow BYU to score at will in transition. I think the line is a bit too low in this one and I’m going to take the Cougars to cover this mid-range spread. Take BYU to cover and enjoy the New Year! 

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