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Saint Mary’s vs. Santa Clara Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/21/23

Santa Clara Broncos (16-5) vs. St. Mary's Gaels (17-4)
January 21, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -12 / Santa Clara Broncos +12; Over/Under: +134,5
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The Santa Clara Broncos and the Saint Mary’s Gaels meet in college basketball action from the University Credit Union Pavilion on Saturday. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


The Saint Mary’s Gaels are listed as 12-point favorites for this game with an attached ML price of -800. The total for this game is set at 134.5 points.


Santa Clara will be without Giordan Williams for the next couple of weeks as he works his way back from a knee injury while Carlos Marshall Jr. is out for the season with a shoulder injury. The Gaels haven’t added a name to their injury report in two months, so they should be good to go here.

Matchup history

Saint Mary’s has won back-to-back meetings with Santa Clara after a 67-64 win for the Gaels back on December 31st, 2022.


Santa Clara is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Saint Mary’s is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 home games while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.


I’m taking Santa Clara and the points here. Historically, these have been tight matchups between the Broncos and the Gaels with none of the last seven meetings being decided by double-digits, including the three-point win for the Gaels at Santa Clara back on New Year’s Eve. I think the Broncos will come to play in this one and as such, I feel like there’s value with the points here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Santa Clara +12

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