Pepperdine vs. Santa Clara - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pepperdine vs. Santa Clara - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Santa Clara Broncos (20-12) at Pepperdine Waves (15-15)

College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 pm (Orleans Arena)

The Line: Pepperdine Waves -3 -- Over/Under: 154

TV: WCCN

The Santa Clara Broncos and the Pepperdine Waves meet in college basketball action from Orleans Arena on Friday. 

Coming into this West Coast Tournament matchup, Santa Clara sits at 20-12 overall. After a six-game losing streak, Santa Clara has notched consecutive victories over Portland in their last pair. 

In the tourney win over Portland on Friday, Santa Clara had a sizable 42-23 lead going into halftime. The Broncos initially cruised, but later in the half they had some relative issues keeping Portland at bay. Still, it was a pretty dominant 76-62 victory nonetheless. 

Over on the Pepperdine side, they’re 15-15 this year. Across their last four games, Pepperdine is just 1-3, beating Portland but otherwise falling to Gonzaga, San Francisco and BYU during that stretch. 

In the loss to BYU, Pepperdine’s leading scorer was Kessler Edwards, who doubled up on 24 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. The only other Pepperdine player in double-figures there was Skylar Chavez with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists. 

Pepperdine is 0-4 ATS in their last four after a straight-up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after an ATS loss. Pepperdine is 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 neutral-site games and the under is 4-1 in their last five overall. 

Meanwhile, Santa Clara is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight after an ATS win. The over is 6-1 in Santa Clara’s last seven after an ATS win and 9-3 in their last 12 neutral site games. 

Pepperdine hasn’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard over their last three games. The Waves posted 66 in the win over Portland, then 61 (in OT) against a good San Francisco team and 64 versus BYU in a 17-point loss. Prior to that Pepperdine had hit 72 or more in four straight games (going 2-2). 

As for Santa Clara, they give up a lot more points than I would like to see from them, but they’ve been pretty hot offensively in their last five games. I think the Broncos have a solid rhythm going lately—even when they’re not beating Portland—so I’m leaning Santa Clara on the cover. 

Andrew’s Pick Santa Clara Broncos +3

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