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Pacific vs. Santa Clara - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Santa Clara Broncos (10-17) at Pacific Tigers (14-14)
Date & Time Saturday February 17, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Pacific Tigers -9 -- Over/Under: 134
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NCAA BB | Santa Clara Broncos (10-17) at Pacific Tigers (14-14)
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We have some West Coast Conference action on the hardwood as the Santa Clara Broncos battle the Pacific Tigers in a college basketball matchup.

The Santa Clara Broncos will look to build some momentum after back-to-back wins, including an 81-72 road win over Portland in their last outing. Emmanuel Ndumanya led Santa Clara with 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting with 10 rebounds for the double-double, while Josip Vrankic came 2nd with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 4 triples and KJ Feagin added 15 points with a team-high 7 assists. Henry Caruso added 11 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Santa Clara in the winning effort. Feagin leads the Broncos with an average of 17.8 points and 4.1 assists per game while Caruso leads the Broncos on the glass with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Santa Clara is scoring 66.2 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 71.4% from the foul line this season.

The Pacific Tigers will look to stay hot after winning 4 of their last 5 games, including a 67-55 win over San Diego in their last outing. Roberto Gallinat led the Tigers with 21 points on 5 of 13 shooting with 3 triples and an 8 of 10 mark from the foul line, while Jahlil Tripp came 2nd with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double and Miles Reynolds notched 13 points with a team-high 5 assists to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Pacific in the win. Reynolds leads the Tigers in scoring with 13.4 points per game while Tripp is Pacific’s top rebounder and assist man with 7.5 boards and 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Pacific is scoring 71.3 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 32% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line this season.

Santa Clara is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. Pacific is 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Santa Clara is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Pacific.

This seems like a lot of points to lay given Santa Clara’s decent form on the road ATS as of late and in this matchup. However, Pacific has been pretty much money ATS over the last couple of months, and won the first meeting on the road by 18 points, so I think we see more of the same here as the Tigers win by double digits.

Pick:
Pacific -9

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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