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Washington State vs. Santa Clara - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Clara Broncos (7-6) at Washington State Cougars (7-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Washington State Cougars -6 -- Over/Under: 154
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The Santa Clara Broncos and the Washington State Cougars meet in college basketball action from the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Santa Clara Broncos will look for another win to add to their current 4-game winning streak after a 77-56 win over Idaho in their last outing. Josh Martin and Josip Vrankic tied for the team-high with 13 points, with Martin shooting 5 of 8 from the floor with a pair of threes and a team-high 8 rebounds while Vrankic shot 5 of 9 with 3 triples, a team-high 4 assists and 3 blocks. Tahj Eaddy added 12 points while Trey Wertz and Keshawn Justice added 10 points each to round out the scoring in double-digits for the Broncos in the win, with Wertz adding a game-high 10 assists for the double-double, 3 more assists than the entire Idaho team combined. Eaddy leads Santa Clara in scoring with 15.8 points per game while Wertz leads the Broncos in assists with 4.8 assists per game and Martin leads the Broncos on the glass with 9.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Santa Clara is averaging 73.5 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 36.9% from behind the arc and 70.3% from the foul line this season.

The Washington State Cougars will be out to bounce back from back-to-back losses after a narrow 75-72 loss to New Mexico State in their last outing. CJ Elleby led the Cougars with 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes while Carter Skaggs added 14 points, going a perfect 4 of 4 from 3-point range as the only other Washington State player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Marvin Cannon added 8 points and a team-high 6 rebounds while Ahmed Ali added 7 points and a team-high 6 assists in the losing effort. Robert Franks was held to just 7 points but still leads Washington State with an average of 22.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while Ali leads the Cougars in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Washington State is averaging 83.2 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 73.5% from the foul line this season.

Santa Clara is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the Pac-12 while the over is 12-5-1 in their last 18 non-conference games. Washington State is 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games against the WCC and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games overall while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 non-conference games. 

This is a tough game to call, as Santa Clara has looked very good during this winning streak while Washington State is the more explosive offense, putting up almost 10 points more per game than the Broncos. With that said, this is Santa Clara’s first road game in a month, and their two road games ended with a win over San Jose State who is arguably the worst team in the Mountain West this season, and a 12-point loss to a Cal team that isn’t a world beater by any means. Washington State can put up points in a hurry and given that the Cougars have been solid at home this season, I’ll lay the points with Washington State here.

Washington State -6

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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