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Santa Clara vs. San Diego - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego at Santa Clara
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Orleans Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Line
Santa Clara Broncos +4.5 O/U: 135
TV Channel
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The San Diego Toreros will take on the Santa Clara Broncos in college basketball West Coast Tournament activity Friday.

San Diego sits at 19-13 this year. The Toreros are 2-1 in the last three games, falling to BYU and taking out San Francisco and Portland during that stretch of outings.

In the win over Portland Thursday, San Diego’s Isaiah Pineiro led the team with 16 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. The Toreros posted a nice all-around effort there, as each starter finished in double-figures.

Over on the Santa Clara side, they’re 16-14 on the season. The Broncos are 3-1 in the last four games, with victories over Pacific, San Francisco and Portland during that stretch of outings.

In the win over the Pilots, Santa Clara’s Tahj Eaddy logged 26 points with four assists and three rebounds to lead the team. Trey Wertz nearly doubled up for the Broncos in that one with 19 points, nine assists and two rebounds.

The Toreros are 2-7 ATS in their last nine after a straight-up win and the under is 7-2 in the last nine Friday games. San Diego is 2-12 ATS in their last 14 after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and the under is 7-2 in their last nine versus a team with a winning straight-up record.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are 7-0 ATS in their last seven overall and 6-0 ATS in their last six after an ATS win. Santa Clara is 15-6-2 ATS in their last 23 neutral-site games and 1-5 ATS in their last six Friday games.

Aside from a narrow 72-70 defeat at the hands of LMU, the Broncos seem to be playing some pretty good ball these days. The Broncos took out Portland 78-62, and though their last two home games didn’t go great in the scoring department (a combined 132 points), both will go down as wins.

Realistically, this should be Santa Clara’s game to control. The Broncos have put up a total of 148 points across their last two games, and if the offense shows up here I don’t see too many problems arising despite San Diego’s strong effort over the last few games. Give me the Broncos.

Santa Clara Broncos +4.5

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