Santa Clara vs. Portland - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Clara vs. Portland - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Pilots (9-22) at Santa Clara Broncos (19-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 11:00 pm (Orleans Arena)

The Line: Santa Clara Broncos -6.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5

TV: ROOT NW

The Portland Pilots and the Santa Clara Broncos meet in college basketball action from Orleans Arena on Thursday. 

Portland comes into this West Coast Tournament matchup at 9-22 overall. Portland is on an ugly 14-game losing streak, falling to Pacific, Pepperdine, LMU, San Francisco and Santa Clara in their last five games. 

In the loss to Santa Clara, Portland’s top scorer was Jacob Tryon with 15 points, nine rebounds and one assist. Both JoJo Walker and Quincy Ferebee posted 11 points apiece there, combining for five rebounds and 11 assists as well. 

Over on the Santa Clara side, they’re 19-12 this year. After a recent six-game losing streak dating back to February 6, Santa Clara got back in the win column versus Portland their last time out. 

In the win over Portland on Saturday, Santa Clara’s Donovan Mitchell topped the team on 25 points, six rebounds and two assists. Keshawn Justice had 20 points with eight rebounds and three assists, and That Eaddy chipped in 15 points for Santa Clara there. 

Santa Clara is 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall and 15-7-2 ATS in their last 24 neutral-site games. Santa Clara is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 after an ATS loss and the over is 9-4 in their last 13 overall. 

Meanwhile, Portland is 5-14 ATS in the last 19 Thursday games and 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 overall. Portland is 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral-site games and the under is 4-1 in the last five overall. 

It’s been a long time since Portland has tasted victory—way back on January 4, in fact. The recent returns haven’t been promising either, as Portland has been at 68 or fewer points in each of their last five games, and they’ve been under 60 points in three of those. 

As for Santa Clara, they’ve been scoring well on a fairly regular basis, but they also give up a ton of points on the other side. Still, I don’t think Portland is equipped to keep up here, so I’m going Santa Clara on the cover. It shouldn't be all that close. 

Andrew’s Pick Santa Clara Broncos -6.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.