Santa Clara Broncos vs. Pepperdine Waves - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pepperdine Waves (12-7) at Santa Clara Broncos (10-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Leavey Center)
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Comcast Sportsnet California
The Pepperdine Waves will travel to the Leavey Center to take on the Santa Clara Broncos this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Pepperdine Waves dropped to 12-7 (5-3 WCC) on the season after losing 71-59 to the San Francisco Dons this past Thursday. Pepperdine committed 16 turnovers and allowed San Francisco to shoot 53.2% in the loss. Leading the way for the Waves was Stacy Davis who had 23 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Pepperdine is ranked 151st in the RPI Standings and has played the 242nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Waves have been led by Stacy Davis (16.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Jett Raines (11.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg). Offensively, Pepperdine is averaging 67.7 ppg (ranked 170th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 165th). The Waves average 15.0 apg (ranked 44th) and shoot 75.3% from the free-throw line as a team (ranked 12th). Defensively, Pepperdine is holding their opponents to an average of 62.1 ppg (ranked 75th) on 40.5% shooting (ranked 94th). The Waves are holding teams to 25.1% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 2nd) and pull down 25.56 defensive rpg (ranked 80th).
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The Santa Clara Broncos won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-10 on the season (4-4 WCC) after beating the Loyola Marymount Lions 65-62 this past Thursday. Santa Clara shot 47.8% from the field and 48.0% (12-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Brandon Clark who had 29 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Santa Clara is ranked 159th in the RPI Standings and has played the 99th ranked SOS. On the season, the Broncos have been led by Brandon Clark (16.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Jared Brownridge (14.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 agp). Santa Clara is averaging 62.7 ppg (ranked 289th) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 228th). The Broncos are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 74th) on 37.4% three-point shooting (ranked 60th). Defensively, Santa Clara is allowing their opponents to average 66.0 ppg (ranked 168th) on 45.1% shooting (ranked 286th). The Broncos have a turnover margin of -0.4 (ranked 38th) and grab just 29.35 total rpg (ranked 335th).
The Waves are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Broncos are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games however, just 16-35 ATS in their last 51 home games.
Santa Clara is riding a nice 3 game winning streak at home, however, this is a team that can really struggle on both sides of the floor. Pepperdine’s defense let them down in the second half of their recent game against San Francisco however, this is a team that has proven that it can play with anyone in the WCC including BYU and Gonzaga. I think that the Pepperdine defensive will limit the damage that Santa Clara will try to do beyond the are arc and will come out of Santa Clara with at least a 5 point victory. Take Pepperdine to cover.