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BYU vs. Santa Clara - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Santa Clara Broncos (8-16) at BYU Cougars (18-7)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: BYU Cougars -16.5 -- Over/Under: 130
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Santa Clara Broncos (8-16) at BYU Cougars (18-7)
USA TODAY Sports

We have some West Coast conference college basketball action on the slate Thursday night, as the Santa Clara Broncos take on the BYU Cougars.

The Santa Clara Broncos could use a big road win here after losing 6 of their last 8 games, including a 70-59 loss to San Francisco last time out. KJ Feagin led the team with 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting with a pair of triples along with a game-high 10 assists for the double-double, while Henry Caruso added 12 points as the only other Bronco to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Josip Vrankic added 8 points with 3 steals and a pair of blocks as well in the losing effort for Santa Clara. Feagin leads the Broncos with an average of 17.5 points and 4 assists per game while Caruso leads Santa Clara in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Santa Clara is scoring 66.4 points per game on 42.8% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 71.3% from the foul line this season.

The BYU Cougars will be looking to bounce back from losses in 3 of their last 4 games, including a 68-60 setback against Gonzaga in their last outing. TJ Haws led the Cougars with 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting with 4 assists while Luke Worthington came 2nd with 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting and Yoeli Childs rounded out the trio of double digit scorers for BYU with 14 points along with 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double. Elijah Bryant went just 1 of 11 from the floor for 4 points, but still leads BYU in scoring this season with 17.9 points while Childs leads BYU in rebounding with 8.8 boards per game and Haws leads the Cougars in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, BYU is scoring 74.6 points per game on 49.1% shooting from the field, 36.8% from behind the arc and 74.4% from the foul line this season.

Santa Clara is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall while the under is 6-0-1 in their last 7 conference matchups. BYU is 4-0 ATS int heir last 4 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 3-1-2 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Santa Clara is 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.

This is a lot of points to lay with BYU considering they’ve struggled to score lately and that you never know what you could get from time to time. However, BYU won the first meeting by 34 points on the road, and have beaten Santa Clara in the last 3 meetings at BYU by a combined 77 points. Given that information, I’d say the best bet is to lay the points with BYU considering that the Cougars can ill afford another slip up here.

Pick:
BYU -16.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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