Santa Clara vs. Pacific - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pacific Tigers (11-17) at Santa Clara Broncos (12-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Leavey Center)
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pacific Tigers and Santa Clara Broncos square off Thursday night at the Leavey Center.
The Pacific Tigers look for a win after losing eight of their last nine games. On the season, Pacific is averaging 63.5 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 70.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting. T.J. Wallace is averaging 13.2 points and 5.5 rebounds while Dulani Robinson is averaging 9.5 points and 2.8 assists. Eric Thompson is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Gabriel Aguirre is shooting 52.6 percent from the line. The Pacific Tigers have four players averaging at least 7.7 points, and they’re shooting 64.1 percent from the line and 35.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Pacific is allowing 37.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 73 or more points in five of its last six games.
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The Santa Clara Broncos also need a win after losing six of their last seven games. On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 61.2 points on 40.7 percent shooting and is allowing 67.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Brandon Clark is averaging 15.5 points and 3.9 assists while Jared Brownridge is averaging 15.2 points and 3.1 rebounds. Denzel Johnson is dishing 1.8 assists and Matt Hubbard is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Santa Clara Broncos have four players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 72.8 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Santa Clara is allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in five of its last seven games.
The Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Broncos are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
In a game between two teams that can't win games outright let alone cover, I'm taking the squad that's getting free buckets. While the best bet would be to leave this game alone, if forced to pick, side with Pacific and the points.