Santa Clara vs. San Francisco - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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San Francisco Dons (16-10) at Santa Clara Broncos (18-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Leavey Center)
The Line: Santa Clara Broncos +1 -- Over/Under: 149
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The Santa Clara Broncos and the San Francisco Dons face off on Thursday in West Coast Conference college basketball action.
The Santa Broncos are 18-7 this season and they have been alternating wins and losses for their last 10 games. Santa Clara are 15-2 at home this season and 12-11 against the spread overall. The Broncos are averaging 77.4 points per game and they are shooting 46.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Trey Wertz is averaging 12.3 points per game to lead Santa Clara. Josip Vrankic is averaging 12 points, DJ Mitchell is averaging 10.2 points, and Keshawn Justice is averaging 9.0 points. Santa Clara has played well but they haven’t been able to get wins in the step-up games against Gonzaga which shows how far they have to go as a program.
The San Francisco Dons are 16-10 this season and they have lost their last three games. USF is 5-5 on the road this season and 11-13-1 against the spread overall. The Dons are averaging 76.1 points per game and they are shooting 44.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points per game and their opponents are shooting 45.3 percent. Charles Minlend leads San Francisco averaging 14.4 points per game. Jamaree Bouyea is averaging 13 points and, Jimbo Lull is averaging 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, and Khalil Shabazz is averaging 10.5 points. San Francisco has had many chances to step up their game but has fallen short on those chances.
Santa Clara is 5-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 4-1 against the spread as a home underdog, and 8-0 against the spread following a loss. San Francisco is 5-13-1 against the spread in their last 19 road games, 7-19 against the spread following a loss, and 2-5-1 against the spread as a favorite. The underdog has covered the point spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two teams.
Every time I underestimate San Francisco I get burned but I just don’t love their road play and I like the way Santa Clara bounces back from losses.