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Santa Clara vs. San Diego - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego Toreros (11-4) at Santa Clara Broncos (8-6)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos +6 -- Over/Under: 138.5
TV Channel
The W TV
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The San Diego Toreros and Santa Clara Broncos meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Leavey Center.

The San Diego Toreros look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The San Diego Toreros are averaging 76.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Isaiah Pineiro is averaging 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while Olin Carter III is averaging 17.4 points and two assists. Isaiah Wright is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Williams is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The San Diego Toreros are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The San Diego Toreros are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The San Diego Toreros have lost three of their last five road games.

The Santa Clara Broncos look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Santa Clara Broncos are averaging 73.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Tahj Eaddy is averaging 15.8 points and 4.1 assists while Josip Vrankic is averaging 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds. Trey Wertz is the third double-digit scorer and Keshawn Justice is dishing 1.6 assists. The Santa Clara Broncos are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The Santa Clara Broncos are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The Santa Clara Broncos have won six of their last seven home games.

The Toreros are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Toreros are 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Santa Clara and 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Broncos last 7 vs. West Coast. The under is 5-1 in Toreros last 6 Thursday games.

The San Diego Toreros are the better and more balanced team, but they've been brutal ATS this season and can be shaky defensively. The Santa Clara Broncos have played some impressive ball during their five-game winning streak and are an above-average defensive team. Santa Clara has also been kind to bettors racently, which includes covers in four of their last five home games. I'll ride the hot hand and support the trends by taking Santa Clara and the free buckets.

Pick:
Santa Clara Broncos +6

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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