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Santa Clara vs. Saint Mary's-California - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Saint Mary's-California Gaels (15-2) at Santa Clara Broncos (6-10)
Date & Time Thursday January 11, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos +14 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Saint Mary's-California Gaels (15-2) at Santa Clara Broncos (6-10)
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The Saint Mary's Gaels and Santa Clara Broncos meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Leavey Center.

The Saint Mary's Gaels look for another victory to build on their 10-game winning streak. The Saint Mary's Gaels are averaging 80.2 points on 51.4 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Jock Landale is averaging 21.3 points and 10.2 rebounds while Calvin Hermanson is averaging 12.5 points and 1.1 assists. Emmett Naar is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Ford is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Saint Mary's Gaels are shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary's Gaels are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Saint Mary's Gaels have won eight straight road games.

The Santa Clara Broncos look for a statement victory after splitting their last six games. The Santa Clara Broncos are averaging 66.7 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 50.9 percent shooting. KJ Feagin is averaging 17.8 points and 3.8 assists while Henry Caruso is averaging 12.7 points and 6.9 rebounds. Josip Vrankic is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Hauser is dishing 3.9 assists. The Santa Clara Broncos are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Santa Clara Broncos are allowing 42.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27.2 rebounds per game. The Santa Clara Broncos have split their last eight home games.

The Gaels are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. West Coast and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Gaels are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Santa Clara, 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the favorite is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Santa Clara Broncos don't play a lick of defense, and that's scary with what Saint Mary's is capable of. The Broncos are also an awful 3-10 ATS this season and are fresh off a two-point win over a bad Portland squad. The Saint Mary's Gaels also have a history of beating up on Santa Clara. Hard to see this game being much different with the lack of defense the Broncos play. Give me the Gaels in a road blowout.

Pick:
Saint Mary's Gaels -14

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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