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Santa Clara vs San Francisco 12/29/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

San Francisco Dons (11-4) vs. Santa Clara Broncos (12-3)
December 29, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos -1.5 / San Francisco Dons +1.5; Over/Under: +149
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The San Francisco Dons and the Santa Clara Broncos meet in college basketball action from the Leavey Center on Thursday night.

The San Francisco Dons will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 85-53 win over Hartford last time out. Khalil Shabazz leads the Dons in scoring and assists with 14.7 PPG and 3.8 APG, also logging 5.9 RPG while Tyrell Roberts has 14.5 PPG this season.  Zane Meeks has 11.6 PPG with a team-high 6.4 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for San Francisco as the Dons’ top rebounder up to this point in the season. As a team, San Francisco is averaging 75.6 PPG on 44.3% shooting from the field, 33.9% from three and 73% from the foul line this season.

The Santa Clara Broncos will look to build on their four-game win streak after a 73-58 win over Boise State last time out. Brandin Podziemski leads the Broncos in scoring, assists and rebounding with 18.3 PPG, 3.2 APG and 8.7 RPG while Carlos Stewart has 14.7 PPG and Keshawn Justice has 12.3 PPG with 4.1 RPG and 3.2 APG as well to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Santa Clara so far this season. As a team, Santa Clara is averaging 73.6 PPG on 42.9% shooting from the field, 35.3% from three and 72.2% from the foul line this season.

San Francisco is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Santa Clara is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall.

I get the case to be made on either side in this game, but I’m on the Dons in this one. I was initially leaning towards Santa Clara at home, but San Francisco’s looked more impressive up to this point in my opinion and they’re the more efficient team on both ends of the floor. Santa Clara’s a solid group that’ll make some noise in conference play, but I think the Dons get it done here. Give me San Francisco.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: San Francisco +1.5

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