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Santa Clara vs. Portland - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Pilots (6-10) at Santa Clara Broncos (5-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Leavey Center)

The Line: Santa Clara Broncos -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some West Coast Conference action on the hardwood, as the Portland Pilots take on the Santa Clara Broncos in a college basketball matchup on Saturday night.

The Portland Pilots will be looking for their first conference win of the year after falling to 0-3 in WCC play after an 81-74 overtime loss to San Diego in their last outing. Tahirou Diabate led the team with 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting, while Jojo Walker and Marcus Shaver each added 12 points. Walker went 3 of 10 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the line, while Shaver went 4 of 8 from the floor with a pair of steals. Josh McSwiggan added 10 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 3 steals to round out the scoring in double figures for the Pilots in the loss. Philipp Hartwich led the team with 15 rebounds in addition to 5 points in the losing effort. McSwiggan leads the team in scoring with 13.2 points per game while Hartwich leads the team in rebounding with 9.1 boards per game and Walker leads the team in assists with 2.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Portland is scoring 73.6 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 39.2% from behind the arc and 63.3% from the foul line this season.

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Santa Clara vs. Portland - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Santa Clara Broncos will look to add another conference win to their tally after improving to 2-1 in WCC play after a 65-49 win over Loyola Marymount in their last outing. KJ Feagin led the team with 22 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 3 threes, while Henry Caruso and Josip Vrankic each added 13 points. Caruso went 4 of 6 from the floor with 7 rebounds and 3 steals, while Vrankic shot 6 of 10 from the floor. Matt Hauser added 11 points and a team-high 6 assists to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Broncos in the win. Emmanuel Ndumanya also added a game-high 11 rebounds in the winning effort for Santa Clara. Feagin leads the team in scoring with an average of 18.3 points per game, while Caruso leads the team with an average of 6.7 rebounds per game and Hauser leads the team in assists with 4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Santa Clara is scoring 70.5 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 73.5% from the foul line this season.

Portland is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. Santa Clara is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 conference matchups while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win. Portland is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I really want to back Portland with the points here. However, Portland isn’t showing any signs of turning things around, while Santa Clara has done a good job of taking down the teams that they should be beating at the bottom of the conference. On top of that, Portland hasn’t had any success ATS in the last few meetings, so I’ll lay the points with Santa Clara here.

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