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Santa Clara vs. BYU - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
BYU Cougars (14-4) at Santa Clara Broncos (6-11)
Date & Time Saturday January 13, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos +9.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BYU TV
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NCAA BB | BYU Cougars (14-4) at Santa Clara Broncos (6-11)
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The BYU Cougars and Santa Clara Broncos meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Leavey Center.

The BYU Cougars look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The BYU Cougars are averaging 75.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Elijah Bryant is averaging 17.9 points and 2.3 assists while Yoeli Childs is averaging 17.7 points and eight rebounds. TJ Haws is the third double-digit scorer and Dalton Nixon is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The BYU Cougars have won four of their last five road games.

The Santa Clara Broncos could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Santa Clara Broncos are averaging 66.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 51.2 percent shooting. KJ Feagin is averaging 17.8 points and 3.7 assists while Henry Caruso is averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Josip Vrankic is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Hauser is dishing four assists. The Santa Clara Broncos are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Santa Clara Broncos are allowing 43 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27.1 rebounds per game. The Santa Clara Broncos have split their last eight home games.

The Cougars are 7-15-2 ATS in their last 24 games following a straight up win, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a ATS win. The Broncos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Santa Clara and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The Santa Clara Broncos are just 3-11 ATS this season and has a defense that's possibly the worst in field goal percentage allowed. The BYU Cougars should have a field day in this game on the offensive end considering they're a top-50 team in shooting and usually top 80 points when playing subpar teams. This game could get ugly. Give me BYU in a beatdown.

Pick:
BYU Cougars -9.5

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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