Santa Clara vs. Pacific - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Clara vs. Pacific - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Pacific Tigers (15-5) at Santa Clara Broncos (15-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Leavey Center)

The Line: Santa Clara Broncos -4 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pacific Tigers will travel to the Leavey Center to take on the Santa Clara Broncos this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Pacific Tigers improved to 15-5 (3-1 WCC) on the season after defeating the Portland Pilots, 65-55, this past Thursday.  Pacific was outstanding defensively against the Pilots and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 57-45 lead with just 3:00 minutes left in regulation. Pacific shot 41.2% from the field while holding Portland to just 33.3% shooting from the field and 20.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jahlil Tripp who had a double-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, Pacific is averaging 71.2 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pacific has been led by Jahlil Tripp (14.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Justin Moore (10.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.5 apg), and Gary Chivichyan (9.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg).

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Defensively, Pacific is holding their opponents to an average of 62.8 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 9.4 and a turnover margin of 0.1.

The Santa Clara Broncos dropped to 15-4 (2-2 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, 104-54, this past Thursday night. Santa Clara has no answers on either end of the court agianst the top-ranked Bulldogs and couldn’t fight back into the game after falling behind by a 30-10 margin midway through the 1st half. Santa Clara allowed Gonzaga to shoot 51.5% from the field while the Broncos shot just 30.4% from the field and 12.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncos was Jaden Bediako who had a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 77.2 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Santa Clara has been led by Trey Wertz (12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.7 apg), DJ Mitchell (10.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Josip Vrankic (10.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Santa Clara is allowing their opponents to average 68.7 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The Broncos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.

Pacific has won 9 of their last 11 games and have been led by their defense that ranks 51st in scoring defense, 40th in defensive FG%, and 7th in rebound margin.

Santa Clara has won 9 of their last 11 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 51st in scoring offense, 36th in FG%, and 88th in 3P-FG%.

Pacific has been solid this season, however, their offense at times has struggled as they rank just 189th in scoring offense and have struggled at the FT-line, hitting just 65.8% of their FT’s as a team. Santa Clara was no match for Gonzaga, however, the Broncos are a perfect 14-0 at home this season and as I think the Pacific defense is going to have trouble keeping Santa Clara off the scoreboard, I’m taking Santa Clara to cover his small home spread.

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