Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Santa Clara Broncos - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Santa Clara Broncos (7-9) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (15-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN FullCourt
The Santa Clara Broncos will travel to the McCarthey Athletic Center to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs this Saturday night.
The Santa Clara Broncos dropped to 7-9 (2-3 WCC) on the season after losing 78-61 to the Portland Pilots this past Thursday. The Broncos allowed the Pilots to shoot 53.2% from the field and 53.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for Santa Clara was Jalen Richard who had 13 points and 4 rebounds off the bench. The Broncos are currently ranked 148th in the RPI Standings and have played the 61st ranked SOS. On the season, Santa Clara has been led by Brandon Clark (15.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.9 apg) and Jared Brownridge (13.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.6 apg). Offensively, the Broncos are averaging 61.5 ppg (ranked 299th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 253rd). Santa Clara only commits an average of 11.1 turnovers per game (ranked 30th). Defensively, the Broncos are allowing their opponents to score an average of 65.7 ppg (ranked 170th) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 275th). Santa Clara allows their opponents to shoot 38.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 317th). The Broncos pull down an average of 20.06 defensive rpg (ranked 335th) and 29.25 total rpg (ranked 337th).
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The 6th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs won their 8th straight contest and improved to 15-1 (4-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the San Francisco Dons 88-57 this past Thursday. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Dons by a 39-26 margin and shot 52.5% from the field in the victory. Leading the way for Gonzaga was Kevin Pangos who had 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. The Bulldogs are currently ranked 8th in the RPI Standings and have played the 29th ranked SOS. On the season, Gonzaga has been led by Kyle Wiltjer (16.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Kevin Pangos (12.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.0 apg). Offensively, the Bulldogs are averaging 82.9 ppg (ranked 9th) on 52.8% shooting (ranked 2nd). Gonzaga averages 7.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 81st) and has a 1.58 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 4th). Defensively, the Bulldogs are holding their opponents to an average of 61.3 ppg (ranked 69th) on 38.6% shooting (ranked 45th). Gonzaga averages 27.56 defensive rpg (ranked 21st) and 38.81 total rpg (ranked 40th).
The Broncos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Bulldogs are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. the WCC and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Santa Clara has struggled lately and I don’t see playing Gonzaga as the answer. The line currently isn’t out for this one yet and although it’s going to be a big number, I’m rolling with the Bulldogs in this one as I can see them winning this one by 20-25 easily. Check back when the line is posted if the line is under 20, I’m going to roll with Gonzaga.