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BYU vs. Santa Clara - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Clara at BYU
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Marriott Center
Provo, Utah
The Line
The Line: BYU -11 -- Over/Under: 150
TV Channel
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The Santa Clara Broncos and BYU Cougars meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Marriott Center.

The Santa Clara Broncos look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Santa Clara Broncos are averaging 71.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Tahj Eaddy is averaging 17 points and 3.7 assists while Josip Vrankic is averaging 13.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. Trey Wertz is the third double-digit scorer and Keshawn Justice is dishing 1.5 assists. The Santa Clara Broncos are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Santa Clara Broncos are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Santa Clara Broncos have split their last four road games.

The BYU Cougars look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The BYU Cougars are averaging 83.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 78.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Yoeli Childs is averaging 22 points and 10.3 rebounds while TJ Haws is averaging 17.2 points and 4.9 assists. Jahshire Hardnett is the third double-digit scorer and Zac Seljaas is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The BYU Cougars have won eight of their last nine home games.

The Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Broncos are 4-11 ATS in the last 15 meetings. The over is 11-5-1 in Cougars last 17 home games. The under is 4-1 in Broncos last 5 overall.

The BYU Cougars have been kind to us over the years where they're just an avalanche offensively, and it's been much of the same this season where they're a solid 6-3 ATS at home.  The Santa Clara Broncos are 10-6 ATS this season and 4-2 ATS on the road. Santa Clara is an above-average defensive squad that grew up quickly with a tough non-conference schedule and we're seeing the benefits of that now. There's value with Santa Clara and the points here, even if BYU is tough to fade at home.

Santa Clara Broncos +11

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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