Santa Clara vs. St. Mary's - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
St. Mary's Gaels (22-6) at Santa Clara Broncos (18-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Leavey Center)
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos +5.5 -- Over/Under: 143
The Saint Mary’s Gaels and the Santa Clara Broncos meet in college basketball action from Leavey Center on Thursday.
Saint Mary’s enters this one at 23-6 overall. Since last falling to Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s has won three straight, taking out Pacific, LMU and San Diego in succession during that stretch.
In the win over San Diego, Saint Mary’s lead scorer was Malik Fitts with 27 points, six rebounds and two assists. Jordan Ford added 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists there and Dan Fotu was also in double-figures for Saint Mary’s with 10 points and three boards.
Over on the Santa Clara side, they’re 18-11 this season. Over the last five games, Santa Clara is winless, falling to Pepperdine, San Francisco, LMU, BYU and Pacific in succession.
In the loss to Pacific, Santa Clara’s Donovan Mitchell led the team with 18 points and two rebounds, and Trey Wertz put up 17 points, one rebound and one assist. Both Jaden Bediako and Jalen Williams chipped in 10 points apiece there, combining for 13 rebounds.
Santa Clara is 2-5 ATS in their last seven Thursday games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 after a straight-up loss. Santa Clara is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 after an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall.
Meanwhile, Saint Mary’s is 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up win. Saint Mary’s is 7-2 ATS in the last nine road games and the over is 6-2 in their last eight overall.
All things considered, Saint Mary’s has looked pretty good since their 30-point blowout home loss to Gonzaga. There was a fairly close 57-51 LMU game, but aside from that Saint Mary’s has scored 71 and 92 in the other two victories.
As for Santa Clara, they’ve played a couple of tough teams in their last few, but they’ve put up 149 combined points in their last pair (but allowed 172 combined). This looks like a pretty good spot for Saint Mary’s to keep it rolling and cover.